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Old 03-30-2005, 18:01   #1 (permalink)
Gerry Pierce
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alternator belt replacement on 93 2.3L

Just bought this 93 LX coupe with 132k. Runs great, needs a little TLC,
mainly cleaning and such, but the alternator squeels wthe belt (smoke
visible) when you first start the engine. Sometimes 1 sec, sometimes 10-15
sec's. I want to replace the belt, but have never dealt with automatic belt
tensioners. How do I get the belts off? Do I have to remove anything (ac
compressor/alternator) or do I just have to muscle the belts off and on? I
don't see any place to really pry against the tensioner to relieve the
tension on the belt.

Thanks in advance...

Gerry



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Old 03-30-2005, 18:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: alternator belt replacement on 93 2.3L

"Gerry Pierce" <cruzrtwdgt@comcast.net> wrote in
news:tIudnUMccvmf1tbfRVn-pg@comcast.com:

> Just bought this 93 LX coupe with 132k. Runs great, needs a little
> TLC, mainly cleaning and such, but the alternator squeels wthe belt
> (smoke visible) when you first start the engine. Sometimes 1 sec,
> sometimes 10-15 sec's. I want to replace the belt, but have never
> dealt with automatic belt tensioners. How do I get the belts off?
> Do I have to remove anything (ac compressor/alternator) or do I just
> have to muscle the belts off and on? I don't see any place to
> really pry against the tensioner to relieve the tension on the belt.
>
> Thanks in advance...
>
> Gerry


Use the tire iron as a lever against the spring-loaded pulley. Have
somebody you trust hold it so the belt's loose, then you can slip the
belt right off. Just remember how it's routed before you take it off.

Joe
Calypso Green '93 5.0 LX AOD hatch with a few goodies
Black '03 Dakota 5.9 R/T CC
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Old 03-30-2005, 21:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: alternator belt replacement on 93 2.3L

Tire iron?? How about doing it the right way by inserting a 1/2" breaker bar
into the tensioner arm, then rotate it clockwise (?) to relieve belt
tension.

Smoke??

Sounds like one of the accessories is close to seizing. After removing the
belt check to see that every pulley spins freely.

--
Richard

'94 GT 'vert
Under Drive Pulleys
Transgo HD2 Reprogramming Kit
High Stall Torque Converter
4:10 Gears
Gripp Sub Frame Connectors (welded)
FRPP Aluminum Drive shaft
FRPP M5400-A Suspension
Laser Red

"Joe" <avoidingspam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> "Gerry Pierce" <cruzrtwdgt@comcast.net> wrote in
> news:tIudnUMccvmf1tbfRVn-pg@comcast.com:
>
> > Just bought this 93 LX coupe with 132k. Runs great, needs a little
> > TLC, mainly cleaning and such, but the alternator squeels wthe belt
> > (smoke visible) when you first start the engine. Sometimes 1 sec,
> > sometimes 10-15 sec's. I want to replace the belt, but have never
> > dealt with automatic belt tensioners. How do I get the belts off?
> > Do I have to remove anything (ac compressor/alternator) or do I just
> > have to muscle the belts off and on? I don't see any place to
> > really pry against the tensioner to relieve the tension on the belt.
> >
> > Thanks in advance...
> >
> > Gerry

>
> Use the tire iron as a lever against the spring-loaded pulley. Have
> somebody you trust hold it so the belt's loose, then you can slip the
> belt right off. Just remember how it's routed before you take it off.
>
> Joe
> Calypso Green '93 5.0 LX AOD hatch with a few goodies
> Black '03 Dakota 5.9 R/T CC



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Old 03-31-2005, 05:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: alternator belt replacement on 93 2.3L

"Richard" <r-manders@shaw.ca> wrote in
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> Tire iron?? How about doing it the right way by inserting a 1/2"
> breaker bar into the tensioner arm, then rotate it clockwise (?) to
> relieve belt tension.


Dude, the tire iron works fine. The guy will probably have one; doubt
if he'll have a 1/2" breaker bar lying around.

> Smoke??
>
> Sounds like one of the accessories is close to seizing. After
> removing the belt check to see that every pulley spins freely.


I'd say there are big problems if the crank pulley spins freely...

Joe
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Old 03-31-2005, 20:02   #5 (permalink)
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Re: alternator belt replacement on 93 2.3L


"Joe" <avoidingspam@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:Q2S2e.6997$vK6.4012@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
> "Richard" <r-manders@shaw.ca> wrote in
> news:whL2e.858819$8l.75337@pd7tw1no:
>
> > Tire iron?? How about doing it the right way by inserting a 1/2"
> > breaker bar into the tensioner arm, then rotate it clockwise (?) to
> > relieve belt tension.

>
> Dude, the tire iron works fine. The guy will probably have one; doubt
> if he'll have a 1/2" breaker bar lying around.
>
> > Smoke??
> >
> > Sounds like one of the accessories is close to seizing. After
> > removing the belt check to see that every pulley spins freely.

>
> I'd say there are big problems if the crank pulley spins freely...
>
> Joe
> Calypso Green '93 5.0 LX AOD hatch with a few goodies
> Black '03 Dakota 5.9 R/T CC


Thanks for the assist... tire iron worked great. I had the breaker bar, but
couldn't find a slot to insert it, so since the tire iron was tapered, I
used it.

Changed the belt, squeel is gone, no more smoke from the alternator pully.



Gerry


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Old 03-31-2005, 22:02   #6 (permalink)
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"Joe" <avoidingspam@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:Q2S2e.6997$vK6.4012@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
> "Richard" <r-manders@shaw.ca> wrote in
> news:whL2e.858819$8l.75337@pd7tw1no:
>
> > Smoke??
> >
> > Sounds like one of the accessories is close to seizing. After
> > removing the belt check to see that every pulley spins freely.

>
> I'd say there are big problems if the crank pulley spins freely...


Agreed, but I was refering to "accessory pulleys".

--
Richard

'94 GT 'vert
Under Drive Pulleys
Transgo HD2 Reprogramming Kit
High Stall Torque Converter
4:10 Gears
Gripp Sub Frame Connectors (welded)
FRPP Aluminum Drive shaft
FRPP M5400-A Suspension
Laser Red


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Old 04-01-2005, 10:09   #7 (permalink)
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Re: alternator belt replacement on 93 2.3L

"Gerry Pierce" <cruzrtwdgt@comcast.net> wrote in
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>
> "Joe" <avoidingspam@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:Q2S2e.6997$vK6.4012@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
>> "Richard" <r-manders@shaw.ca> wrote in
>> news:whL2e.858819$8l.75337@pd7tw1no:
>>
>> > Tire iron?? How about doing it the right way by inserting a 1/2"
>> > breaker bar into the tensioner arm, then rotate it clockwise (?)
>> > to relieve belt tension.

>>
>> Dude, the tire iron works fine. The guy will probably have one;
>> doubt if he'll have a 1/2" breaker bar lying around.
>>
>> > Smoke??
>> >
>> > Sounds like one of the accessories is close to seizing. After
>> > removing the belt check to see that every pulley spins freely.

>>
>> I'd say there are big problems if the crank pulley spins freely...
>>
>> Joe
>> Calypso Green '93 5.0 LX AOD hatch with a few goodies
>> Black '03 Dakota 5.9 R/T CC

>
> Thanks for the assist... tire iron worked great. I had the breaker
> bar, but couldn't find a slot to insert it, so since the tire iron
> was tapered, I used it.
>
> Changed the belt, squeel is gone, no more smoke from the alternator
> pully.
>
> Gerry


Yeah, the little lip on the end of the tire iron gives you just enough
so the pulley won't slip off. Been there done that..

Joe
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Black '03 Dakota 5.9 R/T CC
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Old 04-01-2005, 11:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: alternator belt replacement on 93 2.3L

"Richard" <r-manders@shaw.ca> wrote in news:Mp43e.865628$6l.756685
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>
>
>
> "Joe" <avoidingspam@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:Q2S2e.6997$vK6.4012@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
>> "Richard" <r-manders@shaw.ca> wrote in
>> news:whL2e.858819$8l.75337@pd7tw1no:
>>
>> > Smoke??
>> >
>> > Sounds like one of the accessories is close to seizing. After
>> > removing the belt check to see that every pulley spins freely.

>>
>> I'd say there are big problems if the crank pulley spins freely...

>
> Agreed, but I was refering to "accessory pulleys".


Of course. Just busting a bit..

Joe
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