Wednesday, November 24, 2010

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Serpentine Belt?

1. Step by step on how to change a serpentine belt on my car?


2. Approx how much would it cost to get it change at my local auto shop?1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Serpentine Belt?
Here is the guide I use.

First draw a diagram of the pulley locations and the routing of the belt.

Take off the old belt - DO NOT CUT IT OFF - if you've purchased the wrong new belt your going to need the old one; aren't you?

There is a belt tensioner pulley in there. It can be retracted using a 3/8 or 1/2'' ratchet handle. Just the handle - no socket required - there should be a square hole on the pulley bracket that the handle will fit into. This bracket has a fairly strong spring in it so be carefull.

General rule of thumb. Grooved pulleys receive the grooved side of the belt and smooth pulleys have the smooth side of the belt run over them. Don't screw this up or you will have accessories running backwards and that not a good thing.1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Serpentine Belt?
I replaced the belt on my Grand Prix GTP and took pictures of the process. Here's a step by step guide -

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