Can anyone tell me how to mount a serpentine belt for the car in the subject line? About 3-4 years ago, an uncle of mine and I had to install this belt because the tensioning pully seized. At the time we had no idea how to sequence the belt and our only reference was his car which has the exact same engine. We were drinking a few beers and after a couple of hours we figured it out.
Now, this time the belt was very near failure and needed to be replaced again. The box I bought the belt in had a diagram of the belt sequence.....piece of cake right? WRONG!! Again I went to my Uncle's house because it is simply easier to work on a car there. Here is the problem I hope someone can help me out with..........
Between the drive pully and the A/C compressor, there are 2 engine mount brackets. The belt has to run below the lower bracket from the drive pully to the A/C pully. Then from the A/C pully it runs to the alternater, down to the hydraulic pump, up and over top the tension pully, then curves around the water pump pully and completes the trip runnig back down to the drive pully.
Here's the problem......we can't figure out how to get one side of the belt under the bottom bracket and the other side of the belt to go above the bottom bracket but below the top bracket. It would seem the only way to accomplish this is to remove one or both engine brackets....something I'm very reluctant to do. Further, I know for damn sure we did it once before (replace the belt).......I can't do anything sober!
There has got to be a "trick" doing this. If anyone can help me figure out this problem, I would be extremely grateful.
If you need to ask further questions.....actually I don't know how this site works, please do.
Thank you to anyone who can assist me.
Once again, we did NOT remove the engine bracket(s) the last time we did this.