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Old 28 Oct 2005, 08:08 am   #1 (permalink)
Dave
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Anybody know how to change the serpentine belt in a '02 Camry LE 4cyl? I'd
aprreciate a quick tip.

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Dave


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Old 28 Oct 2005, 11:45 am   #2 (permalink)
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What is a "serpentine belt"?
Do you mean the timing belt?
The accessory drive belts aren't "serpentine", and the alternator belt
is easy to change. Power steering belt is also straightforward.
I would say the best quick tip for the timing belt, is to remove the
crankshaft pulley first to get access from beneath to the engine
support brace bolts.
There's a fair bit to know about this job. Try the Haynes manual for
starters. They include photos and description.
Nothing exceptional really, you just go step by step, but the position
of the cam and crank sprockets need to be exactly right.
An impact gun is helpful for the crank bolt.
Good idea to change the oil seals while you're there.
Water pump is also right in front of you during this process and fairly
inexpensive "insurance".

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Old 28 Oct 2005, 12:44 pm   #3 (permalink)
Dave
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Thanks Daniel.

I believe I am correct in saying that the latest version of Camry, 2002 - to
present, does have a serpentine belt and a timing chain. The Haynes manual
is unfortunately not yet published for this vehicle. It is expected to be
published soon, but is yet to be shown even on their web site. I stopped by
the dealer and got some tips, I'll post in a separate thread.

Dave

"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> What is a "serpentine belt"?
> Do you mean the timing belt?
> The accessory drive belts aren't "serpentine", and the alternator belt
> is easy to change. Power steering belt is also straightforward.
> I would say the best quick tip for the timing belt, is to remove the
> crankshaft pulley first to get access from beneath to the engine
> support brace bolts.
> There's a fair bit to know about this job. Try the Haynes manual for
> starters. They include photos and description.
> Nothing exceptional really, you just go step by step, but the position
> of the cam and crank sprockets need to be exactly right.
> An impact gun is helpful for the crank bolt.
> Good idea to change the oil seals while you're there.
> Water pump is also right in front of you during this process and fairly
> inexpensive "insurance".
>



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Old 28 Oct 2005, 06:25 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Changing the belt is pretty straight forward Dave, but it can be a pain on
that particular model. First thing, draw out the routing on a peice of
paper so you know how to get it back on. On the tensioner located near the
rear, you'll see a 19mm hex head which is cast into the arm of the
tensioner. There is also a 19mm bolt on a stud. You'll want to put a
wrench on the cast nut and pull forward. This will releive tension and let
you slip the belt off. The bolt on the stud will actually remove the
tensioner from the head. You don't want that. As for getting it back on, I
usually have to put it up in the air and get the belt on the crank and PS
pulley from the bottom. This can be tricky if you don't have a lift, but
you can also get to the side of the engine through a plastic cover in the
passenger side wheel well. That's held on by two 10mm bolts.
Like I said, it's not complicated, but it can eat up some time trying
to fiddle that new belt on. Post if you need a hand.

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Old 28 Oct 2005, 07:15 pm   #5 (permalink)
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>>What is a "serpentine belt"?
Do you mean the timing belt?
The accessory drive belts aren't "serpentine"<<

Dude, serpentine belts are serpentine. It's when you have only one belt
driving all your accessories.

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Old 30 Oct 2005, 07:24 am   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks. I got it. I just looked carefully at how the previous belt was
strung. Put it on starting from the bottom and violla! Never had to do
anything but open the hood and use a 19mm socket/breaker bar.

I still think this qualifies as a serpentine belt. Right?

Dave


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> Changing the belt is pretty straight forward Dave, but it can be a pain on
> that particular model. First thing, draw out the routing on a peice of
> paper so you know how to get it back on. On the tensioner located near the
> rear, you'll see a 19mm hex head which is cast into the arm of the
> tensioner. There is also a 19mm bolt on a stud. You'll want to put a
> wrench on the cast nut and pull forward. This will releive tension and let
> you slip the belt off. The bolt on the stud will actually remove the
> tensioner from the head. You don't want that. As for getting it back on, I
> usually have to put it up in the air and get the belt on the crank and PS
> pulley from the bottom. This can be tricky if you don't have a lift, but
> you can also get to the side of the engine through a plastic cover in the
> passenger side wheel well. That's held on by two 10mm bolts.
> Like I said, it's not complicated, but it can eat up some time trying
> to fiddle that new belt on. Post if you need a hand.
>



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Old 30 Oct 2005, 09:58 am   #7 (permalink)
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I coulda sworn "Dave" <defaultuser@microsoft.com> typ'd:

>Thanks. I got it. I just looked carefully at how the previous belt was
>strung. Put it on starting from the bottom and violla! Never had to do
>anything but open the hood and use a 19mm socket/breaker bar.


KEWL!

But I'm wondering what you use the viola for??

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Old 30 Oct 2005, 02:55 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, a serpentine belt indeed.

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Old 01 Nov 2005, 09:31 am   #9 (permalink)
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you might consider taking a picture of the belt before removing it.

i did this with my digital camera; it keeps you from saying 'how did this
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Changing the belt is pretty straight forward Dave, but it can be a pain on
that particular model. First thing, draw out the routing on a peice of
paper so you know how to get it back on. On the tensioner located near the
rear, you'll see a 19mm hex head which is cast into the arm of the
tensioner. There is also a 19mm bolt on a stud. You'll want to put a
wrench on the cast nut and pull forward. This will releive tension and let
you slip the belt off. The bolt on the stud will actually remove the
tensioner from the head. You don't want that. As for getting it back on, I
usually have to put it up in the air and get the belt on the crank and PS
pulley from the bottom. This can be tricky if you don't have a lift, but
you can also get to the side of the engine through a plastic cover in the
passenger side wheel well. That's held on by two 10mm bolts.
Like I said, it's not complicated, but it can eat up some time trying
to fiddle that new belt on. Post if you need a hand.


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