The accessory drive belt is automatically tensioned by a spring-loaded tensioner.
Belt Tension Inspection
Inspect the drive belt for signs of glazing or cracking. A glazed belt will be perfectly smooth from slippage, while a good belt will have a slight texture of fabric visible. Cracks will usually start at the inner edge of the belt and run outward. All worn or damaged drive belts should be replaced immediately.
Drive Belt Routings
Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
NOTEAlways turn the ignition OFF when connecting or disconnecting battery cables, battery chargers, or jumper cables. Failing to do so may damage the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) or other electronic components.
NOTEThe battery is located beneath the rear seat cushion.
- Remove the drive belt tension by lifting or rotating the drive belt tensioner off of the drive belt, using a 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch breaker bar.
- Remove the drive belt.
Inspect all the components and pulleys driven by the drive belt.
- Install the drive belt under the drive belt tensioner pulley by lifting or rotating the drive belt tensioner, using a 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch breaker bar.
- Inspect the drive belt and the drive belt system.
- Make sure that the drive belt is properly routed.
- Inspect the drive belt length scale on the drive belt tensioner for the proper installed length.
- Reconnect the negative battery cable and reinstall the rear seat cushion.