Malibu, Malibu MAXX 2006-2008

Accessory Drive Belts

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Adjustment



All engines use an automatic drive belt tensioner. No adjustment is necessary. If the tensioner is at Maximum travel, the belt is most likely stretched or the incorrect belt was installed.

Drive Belt Routings





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Fig. Accessory drive belt routing-2.2L VIN F ( L61) engine



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Fig. Accessory drive belt routing-3.5L VIN 8 ( LZ4 & LX9) engine



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Fig. Accessory drive belt routing-3.9L VIN 1 (CODE LZ9) engine

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.

Removal & Installation



2.2L Engine
  1. Remove the front fender liner.
  2.  
  3. Use the special tool J44811 in order to rotate the drive belt tensioner counter-clockwise to release the spring tension.
  4.  
  5. Remove the drive belt.

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    Fig. The removal and installation of the drive belt using special tool J44811

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To install:

  1. Use the special tool J44811 in order to rotate the drive belt tensioner counter-clockwise to release the spring tension.
  2.  
  3. Install the drive belt.
  4.  
  5. Install the front fender liner.
  6.  

3.5L Engine
  1. Remove the air cleaner assembly.
  2.  
  3. Remove the engine mount strut.
  4.  
  5. Rotate the drive belt tensioner counterclockwise to release the spring tension.
  6.  
  7. Remove the drive belt.

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    Fig. Removal and installation of the drive belt

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To install:

  1. Rotate the drive belt tensioner counterclockwise to release the spring tension.
  2.  
  3. Install the drive belt.
  4.  
  5. Install the engine mount strut.
  6.  
  7. Install the air cleaner assembly.
  8.  

3.9L Engine
  1. Remove the air cleaner.
  2.  
  3. Remove the intake manifold cover.
  4.  
  5. Remove the engine mount strut.
  6.  
  7. Install a breaker bar to the drive belt tensioner.
  8.  
  9. Rotate the drive belt tensioner counterclockwise to release the spring tension.
  10.  
  11. Remove the drive belt.

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    Fig. 3.9L Drive belt removal and installation

  12.  

To install:

  1. Install a breaker bar to the drive belt tensioner.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the drive belt tensioner counterclockwise to release the spring tension.
  4.  
  5. Install the drive belt.
  6.  
  7. Remove the breaker bar.
  8.  
  9. Install the engine mount strut.
  10.  
  11. Install the intake manifold cover.
  12.  
  13. Install the air cleaner.
  14.  

 
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