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Old 08/12/2009, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help with changing out accessory belt(s)

2002 GS 2.4L

Do I have 1 serpentine belt or multiple belts? Looked up Auto Zone and it appears that I have 2 belts. Looked up Advance and they listed a Serpentine belt that drives the W/P and Alt and a 2nd one that drives the Compressor, P/S and Idler, which is what I thought the Eclipse uses.

I know my A/C went out and battery light came on and water pump stopped working all at the same time. The belt(s) are frayed and some shards were found on top of the A/C compressor. I assume they just seized up or were very badly slipping?

And I only saw a how-to on the timing belt.

Hard to tell what is necessary to take off before you can maneuver enough to change out the belts, so if anyone can lend some info or a link to that, it would be greatly appreciated.

And my biggest question, I have 95K miles, would it be foolish to simply change out the drive belts and not change out the timing belt?

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Old 08/12/2009, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have a 4 banger but changing out the 2 belts on the v6 is easy as pie. And your timing belt should have been changed around 60k, if it hasn't then I advise bringing it to a shop to get done because it isn't fun at all.
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Yes, +1 on the timing belt. If it breaks, you will have more to fix than just the belt!
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Old 08/15/2009, 08:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would say check you t-belt at 60 but in all honesty all cars say 60 but I can only recall 2 times in all the t-belts I have changed that I did at 60k. Both because owner insisted on having it done. 90k is where I'd defintiely do it. I did mine at 105k and it looked like it could go atleast another 15 or 20k.
Anyways you should have 2 belts and you need to pay more attention next time to your belts. it's a good idea to pop the hood regurally and check over things. Pretty simple job too or you can pay and have someone else do it and it should cost you too much.
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Old 08/15/2009, 08:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, I have managed to get the splash guard off and have access the bottom half of the pulleys.

What I need to know is how do I loosen the tension on each of the 2 belts. One is alternator/water pump and the other is a/c compressor/power steering. The thread on changing out the timing belt implies the bolt is on the alternator bracket and what I believe to be the compressor bracket. Can anyone confirm this? And can you be specific in maybe looking at the pics in this thread:

http://www.club3g.com/forum/maintena...lt-change.html

and letting me know exactly what I am loosening to adjust tension on the belts.

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Old 08/15/2009, 09:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok, I see the tension adjusting bolt on top of the alternator as shown in the pic, so that one is easy.

I assume their is an adjusting bolt that looks pretty much identical on the compressor bracket?
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Yeah it'll have a bolt going through an adjuster similiar to the alternator.
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How can I tell whether my timing belt was replaced? I bought the car @ 65K and I have no contact with the previous owner. Car is currently @ 75 K. I replaced all brakes, tires and about to replace shocks. Anything else that I should replace now?
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Check your belt by removing the cover and looking at it. You'll be able to tell. If it was replaced at 60 it would look brand new but if the teeth are worn then it wasn't. Do a search to find out what is done at 75k.
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Old 08/23/2009, 08:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well I got my belts changed.

And everything is fine. I do hear a little noise when I turn as sharp as possible from the power steering. Not really worried about it, I think it's going to go away but I will keep an eye/ear out for it.

Very easy to change out. Adjuster bolts on the alternator bracket and tensioner pulley between the power steering and A/C compressor. I don't even think I needed to take off the splash guard as everything was accessible from the top of the engine, which means the job is only about an hour long to change both belts.
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