[V8] Alt R&R

d saad dsaad at icehouse.net
Sun Jul 22 16:48:51 EDT 2007

I am sure there a dozen ways to skin this cat, but my method is easy and
also is the Bentley method with a small twist.

Remove the
electric fan and the bolts for the engine driven fan shroud. This gives
clearance to get the belt in place.
Here is the twist - remove the
bolt that holds the outer end of the belt damper shock to the timing
cover. (may have to remove the lower cooling hose support too - simple to
Put a 13mm wrench on the tension reliever nut (acorn) and marvel
at how easy it is to move and hold while you slide a 3/16 drill bit shank
along the edge of the tensioner bracket and slip it into the locking hole.
Once locked, getting the belt on and off is a piece-o-cake.
is going backwards...


> If you
followed the "Bentley" belt removal procedure--including
> the locking pin in the tensioner while pulling on the
belt to move the
> tensioner plate--you'd have no trouble figuring
out the installation. 
> That's probably why there's no
installation description.  So if you put a
> 13 mm wrench on the
acorn nut on the front of the tensioner plate, you can
> pull up
(counter clockwise) and relieve tension enough to find that
locking hole and stick a nail in there.  Then the belt goes on fairly
> easily.
> Mike Del Tergo
<mdeltergo at hotmail.com> wrote:  Sounds like what I am
looking for, though I'd guess if I can compress the
> tensioner
enough, slipping it back over the non ribbed roller would be a
> easier than over the A/C compressor? We'll see. I can't
believe its not in
> the Bentley. Nice diagram of the belt system
though, I'll use that to try
> and figure the correct leverage.
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