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11-15-2010, 07:17 PM #1
Replacing Serpentine belt soon...few questions
Can I get clarity on a few things before I change out my belt(s).
1) What is needed to be removed besides the air intake duct to get to the serpentine belt? I see coolant hoses, but do they just need to be unclipped from the plastic holders or do they need to be physically removed?
2) Can the a/c belt be removed after the serpentine belt is done or before? Is there a separate tensioner for that?
Am I missing anything else? I'm going to do this for the first time this week.Matt
11-16-2010, 11:48 AM #2
What year truck and engine? You should be able to remove the serp. belt without removing anything but the intake tube.
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11-16-2010, 12:34 PM #4
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X3 what Silverado & Riddick said, plus "you should be able to see" what needs to be taken off. The belt is very thin & can be slipped between small spaces to get it out.1988 Chevy C-3500 2wd (no pic)
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11-16-2010, 07:22 PM #5
ok... 2001 silverado 1500 4wd with a 5.3.
I picked up both belts today...a/c and serp. I'm still curious how to replace the a/c one first. I haven't crawled under the truck yet to see it, but it does have it's own tensioner, correct?
The serp I will do as you say and just remove the intake tube and go from there.Matt
11-16-2010, 07:36 PM #6
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11-16-2010, 09:14 PM #7
11-21-2010, 05:27 PM #8
alright...both belts replaced. Truck squeals a bit more now when I first start driving it. Is there an adjustment to tighten the actual tension on the belt? Obviously the tensioner pivots but how do I get it to tighten the belt just a little more. I'm guessing the belt slips a bit before it warms up.Matt
11-21-2010, 05:31 PM #9
The tensioner is non-adjustable. It may need to be replaced. What brand belts did you buy?When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses not zebras.
11-21-2010, 07:17 PM #10
I don't remember the brand of belt but I think it was equivalent of OEM from NapaMatt
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