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How do you change the belt in a 98 Malibu cant get past motor mount?


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Answered 2011-09-13 00:18:35

o1 Chevy Malibu 3.1 belt changeplace a block of wood under the oil pan,use a floor jack and slightly raise the motor up (very little)remove the 4 bolts that hold the motor mount on its on the passenger side 2 bolts are to the car body the others are next to them it may take a deep well socket and extension (good one) you might have to use a cheater bar to break the nuts. use a 3/8 breaker bar to relieve the tensioner i believe you push it counter clock wise remove belt !!!!!!!!!!!! BE SURE YOU HAVE A DIAGRAM TO PUT THE BELT BACK IN PROPER PLACE AROUND ALL PULLEYS!!!!!!!!!!reverse to reinstall


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Just a serpentine belt. May have to remove a motor mount in order to change it, that varies by the year.

yes you do. jack up under engine, put a block on jack so not to hurt engine, only put enough tension to re move left motor mount .then replace belt,put mount back on, lower jack, then check mount bolts fo tightness. 3.1 Chevy engine in 2000 Malibu!!

Hell yeah, its a painin the ass. Must remove the motor mount / slide it out of the way. Thank God you dont have to change the belt. On some Buick models, the motor mount has to be removed to change a damn belt!

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