How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask John Your Own Question

John
John, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Mercedes
Satisfied Customers: 9176
Experience:  I have worked in vehicle driveability for more than 30 years.
Type Your Mercedes Question Here...
John is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Just changed the IDLER pulley on my ML350 2003. Any instructions

Resolved Question:

Just changed the IDLER pulley on my ML350 2003. Any instructions on getting the belt back on? I would assume to lossen the alternator (Located on the bottom left standing in front of the truck). But it appears if I loosen the 2 bolts, I can't see how it'll slide forward to get the belt to wrap around. Am I thinking incorrectly?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  John replied 4 years ago.

HelloCustomer

Here are some instructions that should helps you.The belt tensioner is the part that applies the correct tension to the belt.

Adjustment



The belt is tensioned automatically. If the belt is slipping, either the belt has stretched beyond its serviceable limit or the tensioner is faulty.

Drive Belt Routings





Click image to see an enlarged view250" height="225"/>

Fig. Accessory drive belt routing-all engines



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Accessory serpentine belt routing-Mercedes-Benz 3.2L engine

Inspection



Inspect the drive belt for signs of glazing or cracking. A glazed belt will be perfectly smooth from slippage, while a good belt will have a slight texture of fabric visible. Cracks will usually start at the inner edge of the belt and run outward. All worn or damaged drive belts should be replaced immediately.

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Remove the cooling fan and fan shroud.
  3. Using a breaker bar and appropriate sized Torx socket (or appropriate drive belt removal tool), relieve the belt tension by rotating the tensioner.
  4. Remove the belt from the pulleys.
  5. Installation is the reverse of removal. Be sure to follow the belt routing diagram.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the drive belt removal

John, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Mercedes
Satisfied Customers: 9176
Experience: I have worked in vehicle driveability for more than 30 years.
John and 6 other Mercedes Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
< Last | Next >
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
  • Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible. Charles Walnut Creek, CA
  • As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
    Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!
    Sue Charleston, WV
  • Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff. Jim Castleberry, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • MB Paul

    Mercedes Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    3450
    Qualified Mercedes Benz Diagnostic Technician - 20+ years experience - Workshop Foreman for Mercedes
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MB/MBpaul/2013-8-21_204936_paul.64x64.jpg MB Paul's Avatar

    MB Paul

    Mercedes Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    3450
    Qualified Mercedes Benz Diagnostic Technician - 20+ years experience - Workshop Foreman for Mercedes
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/EU/eurotec/2012-6-11_13153_mpjaphoto.64x64.JPG Marty's Avatar

    Marty

    Mercedes Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    22931
    Bosch Certified Master Tech. Over 35 years experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RA/Racer76916/2012-5-8_6855_justanswerprofile.64x64.jpg Michael Warfield's Avatar

    Michael Warfield

    Factory Mercedes-Benz Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2807
    Mercedes-Benz Master Certified technician
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PE/peterpete190/2012-2-24_1274_20120215135406.64x64.jpg Pete's Avatar

    Pete

    Mercedes Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    2556
    Over 15 years experience as a Mercedes dealer technician
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CA/caprio23/2011-12-13_155550_20111213105344.64x64.jpg Anthony's Avatar

    Anthony

    Mercedes Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    642
    MB Tech. since 1997. ASE Master. MB Factory Technician. MB Antique Specialist.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/promerc/2009-01-04_220431_ja_pic.jpg promerc's Avatar

    promerc

    mercedes diagnostic technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    487
    Qualified mercedes diagnostic technician & service team manager , ATA registered Master tech
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/73bbchevy/2009-12-8_232724_Picture_006.jpg Lou P. master tech's Avatar

    Lou P. master tech

    Mercedes Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    418
    10 years master certified 100% fix rate knows mercedes like the back of my hand!!!!!