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How do you replace a serpentine belt on a 98 Tacoma?

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Answered 2011-09-12 20:46:27

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!

I just did my belts and depending upon your acessories you may have several! I have 3 on my '99 2.7l. You need to look for a pulley that should be next to the steering pump. It will have a bolt going through it like you would adjust tension. When you find it there will be the nut in the middle of the pulley first loosen it, that locks the pulley in its position. Then turn the bolt and the belt will lose tension until it can slide off. You will need a 14mm socket or wrench to use on the nut and bolt. Just make sure its tighten enough when your done,

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