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Old 05-04-2003, 04:34 PM
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belt replacement 560 SEL

I need to replace all 5 belts. There are cracks and need to replace all of them. Any tips would be appreciated. Are there special tools that i need? - for removal/installation? - for belt tension adjustment?
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Old 05-04-2003, 06:08 PM
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One tip which might help is that the A/C belt is tensioned with an idler pulley (i.e. NOT the compressor itself). To release tension on the A/C belt, just break the (17 or 19mm, slips me at this second) pulley bolt loose and release tension on the belt. Then, to retension it, put a 22mm open end wrench on the pulley and tension the belt and then tighten down the lockbolt.

The power steering pump has 13mm nuts on the front that need to be released to adjust the belt and the alternator has a top pivot bolt and a 17mm nut holding the adjustment bolt tight from the back side.

The air pump uses one bolt with a locknut on it for adjustment. You'll see it at the bottom of the pump.
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Old 05-08-2003, 12:45 AM
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thx for the input.

I have the belts and the krikit gauge. Thx to Thomas Pindelski and his informative website.

I was inspecting the belt tensioners on my car today, and I noticed that the tensioner for the power steering is an allen type screw. Has anyone worked on a similar situation before? Not knowing the size of the allen screw, i am not sure whether i should get a metric or an english allen whrence. any tips would be appreciated
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