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post #1 of 7 Old 04-27-2002, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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I got to drain the damn cooling system to replace my serpintine belt.

Is there any other way to do this? The black water pipe does not allow room to get the belt in so I have to remove it. Damn this sucks.


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That doesn't sound right. By water pipe, do you mean the upper hose? You should be able to swap belts w/ no problem, even w/ the blower on.

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I second that opinion. I can get my belt changed in less than 15 minutes. This is with the blower in place and no cooling hoses are in the way. The blower bracket is a different story, but it only has to be manipulated a little on it's mounting points.
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on cobras there is a water pipe that goes around the altenator pulley. The vortech kit raised the altenator up were the pulley sit right behind the steel pipe. There is no way to get the belt on that pulley. I figured that I would have to unbolt the altenator to get the belt around it.

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Can you post a pic? I still don't know what you're referring to.
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jeo, the easiest way is to first remove the tension from the belt by removing it from the crank or water pump. Then loosen the five bolts that hold the Vortech mounting brackets in place. One of the bolts is actually a stud (the famous vortech idler pulley) and you'll need to remove the nut there. Once the bracket is loose, slide the s/c forward about a 1/4" or so and you should have enough room to get the belt out.

The first time is tricky, but once you've done it, it'll be much easier the next time.
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Coop you 99 guys are lucky. the 01 bracket is totaly different. They moved the altenator up right behind the water pipe. I mean you can't even get a few sheets of paper between the pulley and the pipe. I't take pics of the new setup.

I called vortech. I was told that I would have to remove the water pips or remove the altenator. I choose the altnator.

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