Thursday, June 2, 2011

How to change a serpentine in a 2001 Nissan Sentra SE?

The belt is getting some wear and squeals a good bit when i start the car. Getting tired of the sound and was going to change them. Before anyone tells me to take it to a garage or something. I don't feel like spending a lot of money on something that costs almost nothing to do. Plus I like to learn about how everything works and what everything is and working on my own cars by myself allows me to do this. I just want a legit answer so i can get this done and be on my way. Thank YouHow to change a serpentine in a 2001 Nissan Sentra SE?
The instructions are usually right on the engine.

You'll need a wrench to pull back the tension bar/sprocket. The old one will then slide right off. Then put the new one back on the same way. Pay attention to the chart and how you took the old one off.

Get a buddy to help you, if you try to hold the tension bar back with one hand while trying to remove/replace the belt, and it slips, it can flip the wrench into your face and give you a good smack. My buddy Ryan got stitches like this.How to change a serpentine in a 2001 Nissan Sentra SE?
A wrench or a socket in a ratchet will not do the job. The strut tower is too close to the tensioner. There's not enough room for a socket wrench and you'll wind-up eating a combination wrench as you cant get enough leverage. The spring inside the tensioner is very tough and strong.

Sears and any auto parts store sells a *serpentine belt tensioner tool which costs about $22.00. It's an 18%26quot; bar with a 3/8 drive in the end that will fit metric crows feet open ends or shallow-well 3/8 sockets that come with the tool. With this high leverage tool the belt will come off and back on like melted butter.

The tool can be used on any car with a belt tensioner.