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Old 07-08-2000, 10:34 PM
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Subject: Re: 300E serpentine belt removal,any other way??
Date: 07/04/2000
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Alternative method of belt removal :
1) get large tin snips
2) place jaws over the snakey belt
3) think long and hard (at least fer one belt - a belt outa tha lettle brown jug))
4) follow previous posters directions about going to the home of Hanz und Franz.

mcbrue never-changed-a-belt-in-my-lifely in the trailer down by the river under the bridge

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Old 07-08-2000, 10:39 PM
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Holy Behr Batman!!!
I was attempting to take off the fan bolts when the upper
radiator outlet gave way. Just about right, only wanted to do a
little preventive maintenance by changing the belt and end up
buying a new $300 radiator. Could have gotten it cheaper but not until Wednesday and they don't take Visa! (I think my famous
last words were, "I'm not gonna pay someone about $100 just to change out a belt, not when I can do it myself!)
Good News, got the new belt on!! But, the large bolt in the
middle of the tensioner would not budge?? The tension pointer is at the notch on the far end of the triangle (closest to the
camshaft) The tension adjustment bolt runs from one end of the
spectrum to the other without a problem. Is this correct? What
part of the scale should the tension be adjusted to? This is
similar to the serpentine belt on my wife's suburban but the
bolt doesn't seem to be acting the same.
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Old 07-08-2000, 11:21 PM
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You cannot properly adjust the belt tension w/o loosening the tensioner center bolt. It's pretty well torqued, so you will have to lean on it to get it free. Running the adjuster up and down does nothing other than twist the outer section of the tesioner back and forth. The relationship between the inner and outer tensioner sections is established with the center bolt loosened and the tension adjuster correctly set to the far left of the triangular scale. Anything else and your belt is not properly adjusted.

Jeff Lawrence
1987 300e
1989 300e
1987 BMW 325
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