Cobalt Serpentine Belt Replacement
Omg, I couldn't believe that someone would unbolt their engine to change a serpentine belt. There is a tool that fits into a 3/8" hole that you use to loosen the belt tension, and to install a new belt. It takes 10 minutes. Don't unbolt your engine mounts. Just because someone else did it on the internet doesn't make it right. Right tool for the job makes all the difference.
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To remove the old belt,
Use the j44811 tool to rotate the drive belt tensioner counter clockwise to release the belt tension.
Remove the drive belt from around the tensioner.
Remove the right front fender liner.
Remove the engine splash shield.
Remove the drive belt from around all the other pulleys.
Remove the drive belt from the vehicle.
To install the new belt,
Install the drive belt to the vehicle.
Install the drive belt around all the pulleys, except for the tensioner.
Install the engine splash shield.
Install the right front fender liner.
Using the J 44811, rotate the drive belt tensioner counter clockwise to release the spring tension.
Install the drive belt around the tensioner.
---------- Post added at 04:25 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:22 PM ----------
Keep in mind that this is a specific tool for gm products, unfortunately the regular serpentine belt tools are too long, and do not have a jog in the middle to go around engine parts. I have seen posts of people using a 3/8" ratchet to do the same thing... Yes it will work, hit it is a very tight area to get into.