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Serpentine Replacement WITHOUT Fan/Shroud/Reservoir Removal
My tensioner just split, and I wanted to replace the belt while I was already tearing into it. Having very limited resources at my apartment, I couldn't get the shroud bolt out under the p/s reservoir, and I didn't want anyone reporting me for puking fluid everywhere in removing the reservoir. There's enough gap between the shroud and the fan for the belt to slip through, so I just had to work it through there. The wires to the fan kept me from being able to just get the belt out around the fan, so I unplugged them at the top of the shroud and the connector can be slipped through the shroud. Not enough room around the connector yet to pass the belt, so I removed the bolts on the top and the one on the passenger side of the shroud to loosen it. This left the bolt under the p/s res in, but it's enough wiggle room that I could lift the top shroud and finagle the connector down and out the front (toward rear of vehicle) of the shroud. Required a bit of bending, but it sprung right back. Once I had the connector hanging out the front of the shroud, I could pull the belt up and over it (VERY careful not to bend it). Then, I just snaked the rest of the belt out the bottom of the shroud.
Not sure if this is a repost, but I couldn't find anything that didn't require pulling the shroud and reservoir on the 6.4L. Took ~2hrs to figure out, but I bet I can cut it down to 30min now that I know how to do it. I'll try to snap some pics when I put the new one on.