Originally Posted by kaya@bernhausen
everyone thinks the e-series are so terrible to work on. they aren't, really. there is ample room to work on everything. the key is knowing the sequence to how it all comes apart.
for the belt, i would remove the outer shroud. it comes out super easy. first, open the hood all the way back to the windshield. it will stay there on its own. this makes it so much nicer to work on. remove the plastic front informational cover. remove the power steering reservoir bracket. disconnect the upper rad hose from the rad. remove the 2 8mm bolts at the top of the shroud. remove the 2 8mm bolts, from underneath, at the bottom of the shroud. the shroud is now ready to be removed. lift the shroud straight up and out. it will be tight. but it will go. just keep pulling. now that the shrouds out, you have much more room to get at the tensioner and flip its kickstand up through the fan stator. if you really want to make life easy, you can now remove the fan and stator. at this point, its not much more work to do this. or you can work around it.
another trick with the vans, for future reference, is to remove the power steering bracket, then remove all the bolts that hold the body harness to the cowl. now, flip the harness up and zip tie it to the windshield wiper arm. you now magically have a tonne of room to see and work on the top of the engine.
Thank you so much
I'm pretty mechanically inclined, HVAC for 30yrs and always did my own work on the family autos and for those jobs like these had a mechanic friend who passed from cancer a few yrs back. And as you all know a great mechanic is hard to find.
Anyway these diesels (engine) are way beyond my comfort level. I posted on the general board and someone said I needed to remove the rad & condensor and my heart sank as I remember (back in the day) just getting a new belt, slipping it over all the pulleys & fan... getting a big breaker bar and prying the alt while tightening it up and poof done.
So with that said... I have a few more questions if you have the time...
now that the shrouds out, you have much more room to get at the tensioner and flip its kickstand up through the fan stator
. if you really want to make life easy, you can now remove the fan and stator.
Tensioner 'kickstand' up through the fan stator?
Fan & Stator? is that the fan/clutch assem? And it that easy to remove once the shroud is out of the way?
Frankly I want to do as least as possible, the last time I had the t-stat replaced they needed to torch the bolts to get them out. This van has run flawless for yrs and never needed any major work etc so all these bolts etc. have never been touched since the vehicle was assm.
Thank you again for all your help and write up... this site is great!