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Old 12-04-2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default SOS.. Serpentine Belt help!

It came time to change out my belts. As I try and do all the work on my car i can i figured changing the belts can't be that hard.. i have done it on my truck. Well it is easy as pie with the exception of 2 things.

1) The tensioning plate for the tension pulley (below the AC comp) snapped in half So now i have a dead car and have to ride my bike to the dealership in the morning. What are my chances that they stock this part? I want to be there when they open so i can get home, fix my suby, and get my butt to work. And seeing as i have to ride my bike there I am going to leave the house well before they open.. so i can't call. Should I wait for them to open in the morning to see if they even stock this part.. or take a chance?

2) The belts i got (Goodyear Poly-V Gatorback) are very tight.. as in i will have to try like heck to get them on even when the tension pulley it off and the alt is all the way down. Is this right? Should they be this hard to get on? I checked the Shicks Auto site to make sure i picked up the right ones and according to the site i did (although on the back of the package it says 3.3L?)
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4050345
4040350

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:50 AM   #2
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Those are the part numbers I found on the Goodyear website also. I went with the dealer parts cause they were cheaper.

Item 1) sounds like you forgot to loosen the bolt in the center of the pulley. A quick call to your dealer would answer the question.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:13 AM   #3
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1) The tensioning plate for the tension pulley (below the AC comp) snapped in half So now i have a dead car and have to ride my bike to the dealership in the morning. What are my chances that they stock this part? I want to be there when they open so i can get home, fix my suby, and get my butt to work. And seeing as i have to ride my bike there I am going to leave the house well before they open.. so i can't call. Should I wait for them to open in the morning to see if they even stock this part.. or take a chance?

I'm betting the post above mine is exactly right on. The center pulley doesn't slide like it appears to, you need to loosen the nut on the pulley BEFORE touching the tensioner. Failure to do so will snap either the entire bracket or will break the far end of the tensioner off. (ask me how i know that!) LOTS of threads on here about people that have broken it doing similar stupid things.

btw, it is safe to drive without the acc belts if you need to. just not too long of a distance if you have no alternator turning.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:36 AM   #4
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If the AC belt tensioner broke that's just for the AC belt and nothing else, so it's perfectly safe to drive without it for as long as you need to. The PS/alternator belt is another story, driving without that is not a good idea as you will have no power steering and the alternator won't charge so you'll be running on the battery.
If the belts you got are tight even with the tension adjustments all the way down, they are probably the wrong ones. I'd suggest getting the right ones from a dealer if you have one nearby, and returning the ones you ordered. The dealer belts are not expensive and the quality is better than most of the aftermarket ones.
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:12 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tips.. and support that i am not a total nub and my mistake is in a flawed visual design of mechanical operation. The car is fixed and runs like the champ she is

The local shop had all the parts i needed in stock. The replacement tension plate for the pulley was only $8.. small price to pay for a learning curve :P
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Old 12-07-2008, 02:40 PM   #6
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ive broken my tensioner before . sucks its like $75 . dealer will rip you off. if you need a new one there are better sites on the net
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