What would you like to do?

How do you replace a tension belt on a 03 cavalier?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

Most cars and trucks today have what is called a serpentine belt which runs most accessories.They are very dependable and usually easy to replace. To decide if your belt needs replacing, simply look at the grooved side of the belt to see if it is cracking badly. A couple of cracks every 3 inches is normal, but if you see cracks every 1-2 inches I would recommend that you replace it. On most cars and trucks the procedure is basically the same. First off, get the correct belt by bringing your cars VIN number to the parts store(located on your cars dashboard) the parts store may need it. If there are two choices, get them both so you can complete the repair. Once you have the correct belt, take a minute to review how the belt runs across the pulleys and also check to see if your car/ truck has a underhood diagram of belt routing in case you need it. In most cases you will need a socket wrench or breaker bar with either a 3/8" and /or 1/2" head on it and possibly a short extension. Some models may require a wrench of these similar sizes.Now that you are ready to go to work, you will need to find the spring loaded tensioner which is generally located near the top of the belt path; it usually has a shinny pulley on it. Look at the tensioner and insert the tool into it and apply opposing pressure to release the belt.Now, simply install the new belt making sure it fits into the grooves on all the pulleys. Start the car to check it and you are done and you saved yourelf some money!
34 people found this useful
Thanks for the feedback!

How do you loosen the tension on the alternator belt of a 1996 Cavalier?

My son just bought a '96 Z24 and we had to have the alternator rebuilt. I tried several tools to get at the tensioner wheel and came up with the following: I put a box end wre

How do you de-tension the serpentine belt on a 1995 Chevy Cavalier?

If your car has a tensioner pulley it can be moved to release the tension on the belt for removal. Make note of the routing of the belt before removing it. This will make inst

Where is the tension pulley for the serpentine belt on a 1998 cavalier?

Answer . Hey, If you stand facing the passenger side of the vehicles' engine compartment you'll be facing the front of the engine. The tension pulley is to the lower left.

How do you release tension on the belt to replace an alternator on a 1996 Chevy Cavalier?

you need a serpentine belt tool, you can get one at auto zone or any part store. the alternator is on a pully system with a belt tensioner. place the tool in the tensioner and

How do you replace the belt tensioner?

This is not a easy job what engine do you have. You need the service manual without it it could be a impossible task.ps it a 3.8 engine Answer Support the car with a jack s

Steps taken replacing belt tensioner on 98 cavalier 2.2 liter?

Quite simple, really.. 1) Remove battery ground cable.. 2) Lightly jack up front of engine to remove weight from mount.. 3) Remove front engine mount and serpentine belt..

How do you change a belt tensioner on a 2001 cavalier?

Remove serpentine belt and have new tensioner ready, look at it the bolt holding it to the block may be lefthanded thread usually 18 mm. Mosy gm parts are bolted on with metri

Where is the belt tensioner on a 1998 Chevy Cavalier?

It should be on the left-hand side where the belt and pulleys are - there's no grooves in it, it's flat and runs off the back side of the belt. It's spring loaded. Try a break

How do you replace belt tensioner on 1998 Chevy cavalier?

Try this... You will need a 3/8 belt tensioner tool or a two foot piece of wood. a 15mm open/box end wrench, stubby preferred. a 15mm socket and ratchet a small socket

How do you replace the belt tensioner on a 1991 cavalier?

How to change the serpentine belt tensioner on a 1991 2.2L Chevro let Cavalier: The tensioner comes as an assembly (aluminum plate with pre-loaded spring and pulley). Thes