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    Thread: Accessory belt swap - stuck in the boonies

    1. Member The Producer's Avatar
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      08-31-2012 06:46 PM #1
      Hey guys - looking for a basic step by step to replace a accessory belt on a 93 EV 2.5. We're camping and I need to swap this out tomorrow. I've got a buddy bringing me a new belt. This is a new to me van, with a fresh belt this week, but something has caused it to break. Everything is spinning freely, so I'm hoping it was just a bad belt.

      So far I've dropped the belly pan, but haven't lowered the rad support. I'm told that it will come forward, any danger of breaking a coolant hose doing that?

      Otherwise is it just a matter of feeding it around and slacking the tensioner? All I have is a basic ratchet set.

      Hoping for some quick tips - there's no mechanic on the island here. If I can't get it swapped I'll just have to Top off the battery and get it on the ferry and hope for the best.

    2. 09-01-2012 01:25 AM #2
      You got it....just slack the tensioner and put it on the same way as the old one, as long as all idlers spin freely.

      The tensioner is kind of tight to get at. I've used a crescent wrench once on the arm of the tensioner, and an open end wrench once on the nut on the tensioner. Any way that works.

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      09-01-2012 01:53 AM #3
      Thanks Pete. Plan to tackle this tomorrow. It seems like the tensioner is out of reach from the top, hopefully I can get it from below.

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      09-02-2012 12:45 PM #4
      My tensioner is very tight... I used a pair of large channel locks on the arm. At first it did not want to move I have had to do it twice now... it will move.

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      09-02-2012 06:11 PM #5
      Got it done - extremely difficult to get a tool on the tensioner to hold well enough to lever it over. We ended up with a big screwdriver on it. I think the old one broke from rubbing the timing belt cover.

      Thanks for the tips guys.

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