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2G 98 GSX belt replacement

MasterMatt209

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Jan 17, 2015
Danville, Indiana
I need to change my belts I think it's the alternator and the power steering, I got the bottom one off now I can't get the top off, can anyone walk me through how to do this? What to loosen? Thanks
 

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2gmitsueclipse

DSM Wiseman
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Jul 13, 2005
Auburn Hills, Michigan
There are two bolts you need to loosen on the side of the PS pump pulley. You will had to rotate the pulley to access them. You can see there is one in your pic hiding behind the pulley. There is one more on the bottom. Then there are two bolts to loosen on the other side (facing exhaust manifold). One allows the PS pump to pivot, the other is to the left of the sensor in you pic. One you loosen them, you should be able to adjust the pump to remove the belt. I usually use a pry bar or large flat screwdriver to put tension on the new belt. About 1/4 inch deflection is what you should be looking for when tensioning the belt. Install is the reverse of removal.
I believe all of the bolts use a 10mm or 12mm socket.
 
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Mauispyder

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Jan 20, 2015
Kula, Hawaii
I just put those belts back on yesterday. The power steering pump in your picture has two bolts behind it in a bracket and one in front. One of the back is just a pivot bolt but I loosened them all to make it easy. It's a 12mm head I cant remember offhand if I was able to use a ratchet or if I had to use a flat wrench. When its loosened up just pull the PS pump towards the water pump pulley. You'll still have to be patient threading the new belt in between the water pump pulley and the side of the engine bay. Tension the belt by prying gently against the PS pump. You should be able to twist the belt to 90 deg but it should be difficult to twist it beyond that. Alternatively you can look up belt deflection on the last page of the vfaq timing belt instructions. The alternator bracket was trickier for me. If that's the one you're talking about (longer belt) let me know. I like your valve cover dress up.
 

MasterMatt209

Proven Member
475
30
Jan 17, 2015
Danville, Indiana
I just put those belts back on yesterday. The power steering pump in your picture has two bolts behind it in a bracket and one in front. One of the back is just a pivot bolt but I loosened them all to make it easy. It's a 12mm head I cant remember offhand if I was able to use a ratchet or if I had to use a flat wrench. When its loosened up just pull the PS pump towards the water pump pulley. You'll still have to be patient threading the new belt in between the water pump pulley and the side of the engine bay. Tension the belt by prying gently against the PS pump. You should be able to twist the belt to 90 deg but it should be difficult to twist it beyond that. Alternatively you can look up belt deflection on the last page of the vfaq timing belt instructions. The alternator bracket was trickier for me. If that's the one you're talking about (longer belt) let me know. I like your valve cover dress up.
I'm having trouble with the long belt! And thanks
 

2gmitsueclipse

DSM Wiseman
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Jul 13, 2005
Auburn Hills, Michigan
You will need to take your time and be creative. Start feeding the belt from the top by twisting part of it so that it is flat against the frame so it will easily slide between the pulley and frame. It is difficult to describe in words. Once it drops down, then you can feed it around the harmonic balancer.
 
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