Hey, it appears I need some advise. My 1995 Olds Delta 88, 3.8L
requires the Serpentine belt replaced. I thought it would be an easy
in/out replacement but theres a bracket mounted on the front of the
motor which appears I have to remove this first to replace belt and
install new belt.
Does anybody have a short-cut on how to replace belt without removing
this bracket and how? I find no reference books that refer to this
bracket but it appears to be the engine mount(?).
Part of the motor mount is a spacer with a bolt running through it. (The spacer
is basically a metal tube a few inches long. Take the bolt out and you can work
the spacer loose and then remove the belt. I don't know how to explain it
better, but if you take some time, you'll figure it out.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Cheezeypants) wrote in message
See the spacer on bottom part of motor mount but bolt that runs tru it
is affixed to engine block. There a 19mm nut at the end of threaded
bolt but spacer is still on bolt because it's behind mount. I was
really hoping the bolt could be removed from block. Can it? It has a
strange star pattern at end where nut came off.
Does anybody now if the motor will move much when motor mount is
removed and how the heck to you remove the nut thats behind the Power
Steering pully, there's NO room to get wrench in there.
You need to remove that stud which has a TorX end. You
need a TorX socket to fit it, or you can often fiddle around
with a 12 point socket and get one that fits. That will work.
You 'want' the motor to move a bit. Which is why you do need to
loosen the top two bolts/nuts that hold the mount to the engine block.
This will allow the weight of the engine to move the mount out at the
bottom which will make it easier to remove/install the spacer.
In order to loosen the nut that is behind the ps pump, just remove
the two bolts that hold the pump to the block. You can access them
through the holes in the ps pump pulley. Then you can just lay the pump
off to the side a bit. You do not need to unhook any of the hydraulic
Ian, thanks for the help. Did belt today and all went ok. I went in
through the right front wheel, behind a plastic cover. I took a Torx
E10 socket to remove bolt and I shimmed the spacer up and out of the
way. Didn't have to touch the rest of the mount. The belt replacement
was quicker then the rest of the job.
Not related to this, I now have an "Check Engine" light, and "Traction
Off" light on which needs attention now. I was near no wires so it
must be a coincidence.
Others have posted in the past that the motor has to be supported with a
jack when this mount is removed to replace the belt. I seem to recall
the tire comes off too.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE
What used to be a 90 second belt change has turned into an ordeal that
could take over an hour or more.........
Thankfully on the newer 3800 GM eliminated that mount blocking belt.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE
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