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!
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 AT 9:10 PM