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Old 11-16-2012, 07:22 AM
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The AC belt is a walk in the park. Remove splash guard, un tension tensioner, put clip (or small metal dowell) into the lock holes on the tensioner to hold it in place, remove the 2 bolts, and install the new one, remove the clip and your done. I just did mine a week or so ago. It started with the top idler roller, replaced that and then everything else went to hell. I had to remove the idler to get to the waterpump tensioner. I think all in all it took me about an hour.

Edit: I removed the fan, and the one end of the upper radiator hose (radiator end) and moved it out of the way. It can be done without removing this I am sure, but boy it was easier to get the fan off with that out of the way. Expecially when you are using channel locks to remove the fan... Came off without a fight tho. Best of luck!

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