How to Remove the Serpentine Belt on a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

The 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Classic was a popular car for Chevrolet, and was used as a police car by many police departments across the country. Some models included a serpentine belt system, which replaced the V-belt systems found in previous models. This belt tends to last longer, and can be removed in about 20 minutes.

Tools Used: 1/2-inch breaker bar, Replacement serpentine belt

Remove Serpentine Belt

Open the hood and locate the sticker under the hood with the belt routing diagram. If you can't find it there, look at the owner's manual in the glove box, or draw a diagram depicting how the belt is currently installed.

Place the end of the 1/2-inch breaker bar into the end of the tensioner at the top of the engine, just to the left of center. Turn the breaker bar counter-clockwise to release the tension on the line and then pull the belt off of the pulleys.

Route the replacement belt onto the pulleys according to the diagram under the hood or in the owner's manual. The belt won't go all the way around yet, but try to get it around as many pulleys as possible, without kinking or stretching the belt.

Turn the tensioner counter-clockwise using the 1/2-inch breaker bar and slide the belt over the last pulley on the left, then release the tensioner onto the belt. Perform a visual inspection of the belt, making sure it's not kinked or twisted along the way.Once you're sure it is OK, start the vehicle and make sure the belt runs straight.

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