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how to replace multi rib belt on 1996 buick lesabre

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how to replace multi rib belt on 1996 buick lesabre
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  Eric replied 4 years ago.

Hi,

 

Here is routing:

 

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



 

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

 

  1. Remove the belt guard or coolant recovery reservoir as required. .
  2. For 1996-99 vehicles, remove the engine mounting bracket lower nut, stud and spacer. Carefully lower the vehicle.



CAUTION To avoid personal injury when rotating the serpentine belt tensioner, use a tight fitting wrench that is at least 24 in. (61cm) long.

  1. Take note of the belt's routing. Lift or rotate the tensioner using a suitable sized breaker bar in the square opening or box end wrench on the pulley nut. Remove the belt from the pulleys.




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Fig. Fig. 8: You can use a box-end wrench on the pulley nut to rotate the tensioner ...



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Fig. Fig. 9: ... then remove the belt from the pulleys





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Fig. Fig. 11: Make sure to note the drive belt routing prior to removing it - 3.8L (VIN K) engine shown

 

To install:

Be sure the belt is aligned into the proper grooves of the accessory drive pulleys.

  1. Lift the tensioner, and install the belt onto pulleys. Make sure the belt is routed properly.

 

  1. For 1996-99 vehicles, raise and safely support the vehicle. Install the engine mounting bracket lower spacer, stud and nut.
  2. Install the belt guard or reservoir.
  3. Connect the negative battery cable.
Expert:  Eric replied 4 years ago.

HI,

 

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