1998 Mitsubishi 3000GT Serpentine Belt

Tiny
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1998 Mitsubishi 3000GT 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual

I have a 1998 Mitsubishi 3000gt SOHC 3.0 Engine. I am trying to replace the serpentine belt as the old one just broke off. I located a bolt by one tentioner, loosened it, and nothing happened. Where/how do I find what I need to find so I can get this belt on?
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Sunday, March 7th, 2010 AT 6:52 PM

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Tiny
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Tighten that bolt back up, you are to put your ratchet on the bolt and bend the entire pulley downward or upward to take the tension off the belt and remove it, and do the same thing to put the new one on, then as you release it, it will put tension back on the new belt
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Sunday, March 7th, 2010 AT 7:56 PM
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Hey thank you for the prompt reply buddy, I appreciate it. Is that the only bolt I need to play with? Its at the top sort of above and in front of the alternator. InformationI have been pulling up (which all I can find only for DOCH engines), state that I need to remove the front drivers side wheel and get to it that way, however, the diagram for a soch and doch are totally different and the alternator are also located differently.
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Monday, March 8th, 2010 AT 2:20 PM
Tiny
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Also, I noted that you stated to tighten that bolt back up, however, if I tighten it, then no pulleys can move on their own? Is that right? If I loosen it, the pulley still does not move, whether its tigthen or loose. Im thinking Im either at the wrong bolt, or Im missing one more. I know it looked like a jack screw tensioner. Its not an automatic one.
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Monday, March 8th, 2010 AT 2:25 PM
Tiny
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Are you sure this vehicle doesnt have an automatic tensioner?
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 AT 5:49 AM
Tiny
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Ok, so I got it figured out yesterday. First, I had to LOOSEN the bolt that went directly INTO the tentioner pulley (just a little until you can move it (the bolt) with your hand and make it (the pulley) flop back n forth a little) and THEN you loosen up the Jack Screw Tentioner (its not automatic), and after a little bit of untightening it, you will notice you can move the pulley/jack screw tentioner kinda DOWN and OUT of where the Jack Screw Tentioner sits, thus giving you more room to get the belt all the way on to the Alternator Pulley, Power Steering Pump Pulley and crankshaft pulley without the tentioner being in the way (which was my original problem.). Note: just MAKE SURE that when you put the Jack Screw Tentioner BACK in its spot as it DOES move up and out ITSELF, that the washer (you should see it) fits back under its little slot which it originally came out of) The correct belt size for this model car is 49 inches. (At first, I thought I had a belt too small, but no, its right. I just had to get that tentioner moving more. So I then successfully tightened the belt via tightening the jack screw tentioner into place where you can only twist the belt approx half way. After you have done that, then make sure you tighten that bolt back up to that tentioner pulley up nice and real tight! Hopefully someone out there experiences this and it is now official: the correct info is ON THE WEB! The answer to my question is: There are ONLY 2 bolts to play with when placing a serpentine belt on 98 Mitsubishi 3000gt SOCH 3.0 Base Model. And all of this can be done WITHOUT JACKING YOUR CAR UP WITH A JACK STAND! Just over the hood!
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 AT 9:10 PM
Tiny
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Somebody hire this man! Lol, awesome, seems to me you have a knack for figuring mechanics out.. Keep me posted
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 AT 11:12 PM
Tiny
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Lol thanks buddy! Ya, when I had my honda, I didnt know crap about cars as nothing to dramatic went wrong with it. Since I've bought this 3000gt used, I have had to learn and read as much as I can about it. But thanks bud and will do! Take Care and Thank you for your input as well. Ehow. Com, youtube. Com are miracle sites for learning.

Take what ya learn and put 2 and 2 together.
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 AT 11:31 PM

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