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I had replacement belts laying around for a while. Finally got around to changing them. Visually checking the old belts on the car they looked OK. Here is the old belt bent the way it mounts on the car:
Here it is bent the other way:
Needless to say it was time time change them. Remove air intake box (including bottom to get to the airpump bolt, crossover tubes, strut bar and front plastic air box. Loosen the idler nut and adjustment bolt, alternator and adjustment bolt, air pump and adjustment bolt. Remove the two belts and put it all back together. The job went easy except for mounting the new alternator/airpump belt. Trick I used was to get the belt over everthing except the alternator. Then slowly push it over the lip of the alternator pully by using a ratchet to turn the alternator nut.
Cheap insurance. I used the Goodyear gator back belts and they fit fine. Took about an hour.
Last edited by BillM; 08-20-10 at 06:18 PM.
I had replacement belts laying around for a while. Finally got around to changing them. Visually checking the old belts on the car they looked OK.
Here it is bent the other way:
I know it looks bad, but that appearance is fairly common, and NOT a sign of impending failure. The guide grooves are still intact, and until the cord structure deteriorates or portions of the groove structure starts to chunk out, it would function for a long time yet w/o problems.
Of course, it certainly was better to change it than to take chances. Carry the used one as an emergency spare. That's what I am doing.
'93 Base VR, Bought new March 92, w/PFS SMIC & CAI (modified) ; RB Dual Tip CB; HKS DP w/Jet-Hot 2000; Dual "Home-Depot" ceramic-ball & spring MBC's; Linearized stock temperature gauge, Pettit AST.
Do you need to loosen up anything on the air pump. I loosened everything on the alternator and was able to get the old belt off, but cant get the new one one. Tried sliding the belt over the alternator and turning the nut to try to slip it on, and also tried slipping it on to the water pump pully but no luck. Just got my fd and this is my first belt change, just wondering if there are any tricks to it. Thanks
Remove air intake box (including bottom to get to the airpump bolt, crossover tubes, strut bar and front plastic air box. Loosen the idler nut and adjustment bolt, alternator and adjustment bolt, air pump and adjustment bolt.
Thanks guys for the help! Quick question that's unrelated. When I took off the intake hose that goes from the turbo into the intercooler, there is some oil that coats the inside of the hose, Not a lot just lightly coats the inside of the hose. Is this normal? thanks for the input, im use to my 82, the fd is a whole different beast. one last thing, she is all stock.