First, I would remove the coolant resevoir,(just to get it out of the way) Then put in 3/8 to 1/4 adapter in the tensioner (ther is a square hole near the end) to get leverage. Then you can pry up with a long 3-4foot pry bar. I assume you just want to replace belt. I'm also assuming that your 3100 is the same as my 3100 in my 96 & 98.
you dont fix serpentine belts. you replace them. open hood, although it is easier to reach the belt tensioner from under the car, you will need to route the belt from above. Take the tension off the belt tensioner (a breaker bar or rachet and the proper size socket with a pipe to give ya more leverage should work) and pull the belt while the tensioner is pulled away from the belt. to put new belt on, properly follow accesorie pulleys with new belt, leaving the tensioner pulley last once that far, take your breaker bar or rachet with proper size socket... and pull the tensioner away from the belt so that you can slip the belt over the tensioner, push the belt over pulley. release the tensioner and check to make sure the belt is seated properly on all pulleys. Wahlah
The tensioner for the serpentine belt on a 1999 SL-1 is located just below and forward of the power steering pump (which is close to the firewall). You will be able to see it with a good light because it has a square fitting exposed that either a 1/2" or 9/16" wrench will fit on. It is not extremely easy to reach, especially if you have big hands. When you do get a wrench on it, turn it clockwise and the belt will loosen right up. Remember, the tensioner is under spring tension, so ease the wrench off slowly.
With the hood open, there should be a sticker with a small diagram of the serpentine belt routing. It maybe located either on the underside front of the hood or somewhere directly between the headlights. You will need to move the belt tensioner to fully wrap the belt around the last pully. In some cases a ratchet can be used; if there is no room you may have to buy the special tool they make to reach in and lift up on the tensioner.
The signal flasher is behind the dashboard, to the left of the steering wheel. You have to take the screws out of the black panel covering the bottom of the dash and then reach way up behind the fuse box to get a hold of it. Basically you have to do this blind. If you can reach it, pull it out of its clamp and it's easy to replace from there. Thank you very much...More help then Buick was. They sure don't want you to get to that very easy do they? By the way, it wasn't the flasher. But thanks.
You will need to go to Autozone and borrow or buy a tensioner wrench The tensioner wrench fits on to the faceplate nut on the tensioner pully The tensioner wrench is simply pulled clockwise and this releases the tension on the spring-loaded pully and the serpentine belt is then removed with the pressure constantly applied to the tensioner pully so it allows the serpentine belt to be relaxed There is a schematic on the upper inside hood that shows how the serpentine belt is "threaded" through the engine/smogpump/a/c compresser/water pump pully On the 4.0L engine, you can also do this with an appropriate sized socket (around 5/8, I think) and a breaker bar. Turn the center bolt of the idler pulley COUNTER CLOCKWISE about 1/6 to 1/4 turn, then carefully reach under and behind the pulley to locate the retainer latch (it is a flat piece of spring steel, out of sight on the lower right side behind the idler pulley when facing the engine from the front) and press this toward the tensioner pivot; then slowly release the wrench. The tensioner should then stop on the retainer at a semi-released position so you can remove the wrench. To take the idler off the latch, be sure to rotate it COUNTER CLOCKWISE again until you hear the spring release.
Your question is a little vague but if I had to guess you are talking about getting at the transmission coolant line on the radiator etc. Unfortunately the (@#$@@#) engineers at Buick were not kind!!!! The only way I could get to my 97 skylark was to undo the plastic on the bottom and wheel well as well as pull the radiator fan and push forward on the radiator. Hope you have smaller hands than I did. My 13 year old son had to get to a lot of stuff i couldn't reach.
I just replaced the serpentine belt on my 1996 Ford Contour. I opted to remove the front passenger-side tire to gain access to the tensioner. Once I was able to get to the tensioner pulley, I had the old belt off and replaced within 10 minutes. I did have some help, though. It is much easier to have one person release the tension while another puts the new belt into place. 22:42, 14 Mar 2009 ~ No, you do not have to remove it. It is also possible to release the tensioner top-side. I once had a tensioner go bad in the parking lot at work and had to replace it there with what I had in my trunk. It is easier with the tire off, but if you have to a slim ratchet with a shallow socket should do the trick.
a serp belt tool with a 19mm or similar tool setup will be necessary. remove the splash shield on the right front, reach up from the bottom and attach the socket to the aluminum extrusion on the tensioner, making sure the wrench is pointing toward the front. pull the wrench toward the back of the car and the tension will be released.
AC recharge port. is arms length down the left front of car on top of evaporaterator has a blue cap. Is very hard to reach your arm between the radiator and the motor to reach this port. You should get an extention for the recharge hose. I burnt my arm because you have to have the car running to actually put the 134a in.
FIRST PUT A BREAKER BAR WITH THE CORRECT SIZE SOCKET ON THE BELT TENSIONER BOLT AND RELEASE THE TENSION ON THE BELT, WHILE DOING THIS SLIP THE BELT OF OF ONE OF THE PULLEYS. THEN SNAKE THE BELT PAST THE FAN AND ACCESORIE DRIVES. INSTALLATION IS REVERSE OF REMOVAL. I LIKE TO LEAVE THE ALTINATOR PULLR FOR LAST BECAUSE IT IS EASIER TO REACH WHEN YOU ARE PULLING ON THE TENSIONER. (WATCH YOUR FINGERS!)
Only older V-belts can be loosened. First loosen the lock bolt. Now, turn the tensioner bolt counter clockwise. When proper tension has been reach, re-tighten the lock bolt. On newer cars with an automatic tensioner, the tension will be correct unless the spring in the tensioner is broken. That would cause the belt to be too loose and the tensioner will need to be replaced.
Its in front of the engine, behind the radiator. One bolt you can reach from the bottom and the other has to be reached from the top after you take off the breather hose going to the airbox. Both bolts that hold it on are 15mm, the solenoid nut is either a 13mm or a 15mm for the big one, and a 8mm or 5/16 for the small one.
If you want to change your flasher, it's located near the left-hand side of the steering column. It's hard to get at (who designs these things?). You have to unscrew the panel beneath the steering column and reach up in there to get at it. It can be done, but you might even have to take it to a GM dealer's service center. Chilton's and Haynes have manuals for these cars. Amazon has them cheap.
There is no tensioner pully. The Power Steering pump has a moving bracket that adjusts the belt tension. It has a long adjustment bolt. You have to remove the air cleaner and housing to reach it successfully. Funny, mine has a belt tensioner pulley under the power steering pump, which is tightened by a long adjustment bolt. So does every other 1996 Cherokee I've worked on!
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