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Old 03-30-2013, 04:25 PM
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HELP cant get new Serpentine Belt to slip on

***************** UPDATE/RESOLUTION: note, my truck is 1994.5 and there is a different belt for 1994.5 vs. 1995 and newer years (most parts are totally interchangeable and not unique to 1994.5). The correct 1994.5 belts are 7 rib and approximately .4" longer than the 8 rib belts for 95 and newer. I got correct belt and put it on in about 1-2 minutes, literally. (note, do NOT need to unhook radiator hose on this year/model). *************
Hi - i'm replacing my serpentine belt, have new belt properly routed and all I need to do is slip it it over last spot while releasing tension on the tensioner.

IT JUST WON'T QUITE SLIP ON, its too tight. I've tried leaving various spots as the last place to slide over. Seems like I am closest (to success) when I leave the alternator as last spot (to slip over when tension is released).

Looking for some tips / suggestions, etc. Seems like maybe I'm missing something simple/easy as it seems so close.


KW

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Have someone else pull on the tensioner, and possibly use a piece of pipe to make it a bit easier, then you route the belt. That is how I did it. I just couldn't put enough pressure on the tensioner and put the belt on myself.
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Yup, it can be a little difficult. Like said above, just needs a little more pull on it, it will go.
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I use a cheater pipe all the time. I actually have two different sizes to fit various tools. I am a little **** or at least the muscles are. LOL
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I use a cheater pipe all the time. I actually have two different sizes to fit various tools. I am a little **** or at least the muscles are. LOL
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Is it the right size belt?
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Is it the right size belt?
Now that would just plain suck! All that work and the knowledgeable parts guy gave you a belt 1 inch too short.
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Is it the right size belt?

As much as I don't want this to be the problem, I am now thinking it is. I have a 1994.5 powerstroke. There are typically not many parts that are specific only to my year (vs. 95-97), it now looks like this may one of the exceptions.

When I now go back and look up parts online, I'm seeing that there are 7 rib models (listed as 1994.5) and 8 ribs (95-7), however I'm not sure yet if there is a length difference. The one I was having trouble with today is the 8 rib.

I'm going to go buy the other one tomorrow, but if anybody knowsif there is a length difference or has advice please let me know.
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i just replaced mine on my 94.5 it should be 119 1/2 mm. i left the three bolts on my alternater loose an had a big pull bar on the tensioner slide it on an then tight up the bolts .
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i just replaced mine on my 94.5 it should be 119 1/2 mm. i left the three bolts on my alternater loose an had a big pull bar on the tensioner slide it on an then tight up the bolts .


Thanks so much for your post. I now did more checking and it looks like there is about a .4 inch difference between the two belts. So even though it looks like the 7 vs. 8 rib difference may not matter, the diff in length does.

Hope to get right belt tomorrow!
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