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Old 07-27-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Replacing serpentine belt on 2003 V6

My VUE has nearly 60k miles on it and I thought it might be a good idea to replace the accessory drive (serpentine) belt.

I searched around and sort of caught wind that removal of the upper engine mount is required. Is this true?

Overall, how difficult it it to replace the belt? Can anyone provide the steps required?

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Old 07-27-2007, 03:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: Replacing serpentine belt on 2003 V6

Yes, upper mount has to come off. This isn't difficult. Put a jack under the oil pan (put a block of wood or something firm but soft to spread the load) and remove the mount. As I recall, it's just four nuts -two on the frame rail and two on the engine adapter. The tensioner is toward the firewall. Just put a wrench on it and rotate it clockwise. That's about all there is to it. Probably take you no more than a half hour at the very most.

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Old 07-27-2007, 06:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: Replacing serpentine belt on 2003 V6

Thanks, Gerry.

I poked around under the hood and it looks like the air filter box will have to come out too to access one of the four engine mount bolts/nuts. Or am I mistaken?

As far as supporting the oil pan would something like a short piece of 2x6 be sufficient to spread the load?

You'll have to excuse my querries. The last serpentine belt I replaced was on my 95 Cavalier and it was a breeze!

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Old 07-27-2007, 08:04 PM   #4
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Thanks, Gerry.

I poked around under the hood and it looks like the air filter box will have to come out too to access one of the four engine mount bolts/nuts. Or am I mistaken?

As far as supporting the oil pan would something like a short piece of 2x6 be sufficient to spread the load?
I remember removing the Filter Box and most of the duct work. And I think I used a piece of 2x6 also.

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Old 07-27-2007, 09:12 PM   #5
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Default Re: Replacing serpentine belt on 2003 V6

do not put the 2x6 on the area near the drain plug, instead put it at the edge of the oil pan where the bottom meets the side (you know where the oilpan is strongest at the edge.) I have seen too many times people supporting the engine on the middle of the oil pan and it could cave in.
the popular place people support on is the raised "block" on the bottom of the oil pan....this will cave in with too much weight.

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Old 07-28-2007, 07:30 AM   #6
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Yes, I would think having the oil pan collapse on you would definitely put a damper on your day.

I'll take a peek underneath and see what's what. I may even have some scrap 2x12's kicking around as a safer alternative.

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Old 10-27-2007, 05:32 PM   #7
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Yes, upper mount has to come off. This isn't difficult. Put a jack under the oil pan (put a block of wood or something firm but soft to spread the load) and remove the mount. As I recall, it's just four nuts -two on the frame rail and two on the engine adapter. The tensioner is toward the firewall. Just put a wrench on it and rotate it clockwise. That's about all there is to it. Probably take you no more than a half hour at the very most.
Put a wrench on what? I'm trying to release the tensioner on mine. I was hoping to find a square hole for a ratchet, but I don't see anything to put a wrench on.

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Default Re: Replacing serpentine belt on 2003 V6

hi sages- curious . called chevrolet dealer to inquire about belt change. told $ 130 on my 4 cyl L100 and "a lot more" on v6. does that make sense or am I on the road to the cleaners in clip city. im getting off on the next exit for bohemia. regards bob f

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