Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 08:48:43 -0500
From: Fred W <>
Subject: Re: Tossed a belt...

JohnO wrote: > Yep, the small one is bad. Just to be sure...the bad pulley is the > small grooved one. The smooth pulleys seem to be fine. All I need is > the small one, right? > > I'm digging around for some online instructions, having never replaced > one of these before. It seems to be simple enough...once I figure out > the belt pattern. I'm looking here: > NG900beltsandpulleys.htm Our car's pulleys don't match the 4...we > have the AC compressor in there. (The instrux linked from there are > incomplete...what's the point of the block of wood and all that?) > > I also found this: > which is going to take me longer to read and comprehend than it took > this guy to do. :-) Seems like he loosened everything, rather than > just a tensioner. > > -John O > > John, Yes, the upper left grooved idler pulley is the one that tends to go. Here's an official SAAB document that shows the belt routing. Also, here's one from the place where I do all of my online parts purchasing: eEuroparts is almost always the cheapest and has been extremely reliable and fast at shipping. There is no need for a wood block. Once you flex the tensioner assembly (with a long 1/2" socket extension or a breaker bar turned sideways) there are two holes that will line up that allow you to stick a drill bit or allen wrench thru them to hold it in the "cocked" position. -- -Fred W

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