How to replace the serpentine belt?

Tiny
KEVIN BINIAMOW
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  • 2008 SUZUKI XL7
  • 3.6L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 86,000 MILES
Hi, I have looked everywhere, and I cannot find any video or detailed instructions that cover the replacement of the serpentine belt. I know that this particular belt goes underneath one of the engine mounts and I am trying to find out the specifics of changing it. Any help you can provide is appreciated.
Sunday, November 12th, 2023 AT 3:34 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

You are correct. Also, to remove the bracket, the engine needs to be supported. You could use a floor jack, but make sure to place something the length of the oil pan such as a 2x4 or 2x6 between the jack and pan to prevent damage.

If you look at pic 1 below, I circled and highlighted the bracket that needs to be removed. The remaining pictures are the directions for removing and replacing the belt.

Take a look through them and let me know if you have questions or if I can help in any way.

Take care,

Joe

See pics below.
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Sunday, November 12th, 2023 AT 9:12 PM
Tiny
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Hi Joe, really helpful. Follow up question, and this may be a dumb one but does the bracket have to come completely off or can you slip the belt out after backing the bolts out of the block? I ask because from the very little that I can find online, the right hand side, higher mounted bolt, looks to be difficult to get all the way out due to the length and the obstruction of the body. Lastly, how much can you safely jack up the motor without causing any issues? Obviously would only jack up as far as necessary but I presume there is flexibility built in to allow for this without breaking other parts. Thanks again.
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Friday, November 17th, 2023 AT 12:53 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

No question is a dumb one. As far as lifting, slowly lift it until it stops or until there is enough room to remove the belt. As far as removing the belt prior to fully removing the belt, you could try, but I feel it will restrict you and will need fully removed. However, take your time and see if there is a point where you can do it.

This is totally crazy that you have to go through this for a belt replacement. It never should be this difficult.

Take care and let me know how things work out.

Joe
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Friday, November 17th, 2023 AT 9:21 PM

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