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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:57 pm 
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Hello!!
I am trying to change my serpentine belt on my 2000 Chevy Metro LSi (1.3 liter engine, non-AC, non-power-steering model),
and finding it IMPOSSIBLE to find a diagram anywhere!
I watched somebody do it for me once before, but cant remember anything!

I seem to remember there being a bolt that I could turn to bring the whole pulley system closer to the engine for easy access, and then there is the adjuster bolt for the belt itself. But which is which!

After 2 hours and 2 very greasy hands, I have given up the trial-and-error method. :)

Thanks for your help!
-Amanda


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:08 pm 
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Your car will have one belt to run the alternator and water pump and if it has A/C there is another belt for the compressor. I assume you are trying to replace the alternator belt.

The way to do this is to jack the car up and make sure it is safe on jackstands because you will be working under the car. There is one bolt on top of the alternator pictured here........

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There are 2 more bolts at the bottom of that same alternator and both will need lossened so the alternator will "Swing" allowing you to replace the belt.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:21 pm 
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There's no need to get under the car to change that belt.

Slacken all three of the alternator bolts and pull the alternator upwards to release the belt tension - slip the belt over the top two pulleys and then work it past the crankshaft pulley, fit the new one in the reverse fashion and then adjust the belt tension by pushing the alternator down & backwards - tighten the top bolt first and then the two lower ones.

Now - I note you said a Metro LSI with a 1.4 engine - as far as I'm aware - the Metro only came with 1.0 & 1.3 engines - I have changed the alternator belt on a 1.3 Swift as described above.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:58 pm 
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fordem wrote:
There's no need to get under the car to change that belt.

Slacken all three of the alternator bolts and pull the alternator upwards to release the belt tension


Those 2 bottom bolts are not easy to get to from up top. Maybe I'm just too fat?

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I have no trouble reaching them - as long as you know they're there, you can locate them by feel.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:41 am 
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fordem wrote:
Now - I note you said a Metro LSI with a 1.4 engine - as far as I'm aware - the Metro only came with 1.0 & 1.3 engines - I have changed the alternator belt on a 1.3 Swift as described above.


Yeah, I typo'd, I meant 1.3 :)

Thanks for your help! I thought that was the bolt, but I wasn't sure and didn't want to be undoing stuff willy-nilly!


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