View Full Version : Tricks to changing belt? (1995 PS 205)

04-02-2012, 04:21 PM
My engine was squealing this morning and I discovered the belt was loose. I tightened the alternator for tension and the sound went away, but looking at the teeth compared to a new spare I have, they are about half as wide. Does this indicate that it needs to be changed out? Also, how do you remove the belt? Even with the alternator pulley loosened all the way, the belt won't come off easily. I assume that even if I cut it off, the new one would be equally difficult to install. What tricks do I need to know?

Also, since I tightened it up and we went out for a long ride, the engine was running hotter than usual (it got up over 180 usually runs about 160). So you think the impeller could have been messed up by the belt running loose during that time?

04-03-2012, 12:24 AM
Ok I got it figured out. I pried it off with a screwdriver, then to put the new one on you just get it started good on the left side and turn the engine (safety lanyard off) and when it turns clockwise the belt falls right in line. I guess most people already know that, but for mechanical newbies like me, maybe it will help someone. The new belt was very tight from the start and I really couldn't get any more tension on it at the alternator pulley, so I just tightened down that bolt. I also changed out the impellar although the old one looked fine at least it will give me peace of mind and I can save the old one for emergency.

04-03-2012, 12:50 AM
If your impeller looked good check down stream to the transmission cooler to see if there is some crap caught in it. Probably not an issue but it never hurts to replace the thermostat if it's older, they're cheap enough. I had an over heat situation last summer. Pulled and replaced what seamed like a perfectly fine impeller and thermostat and the problem was solved.

06-05-2012, 04:13 PM
I'm in the middle of this repair as we speak. The way I see it I have to remove the impeller from the crankshaft to make this happen?

If someone could confirm that would be great.



06-05-2012, 04:45 PM
Not sure what you mean by "crankshaft". If you mean the splined shaft inside the raw water pump, then yes. Squirt some dish soap in there, turn the engine over with lanyard removed, then pry it out.

06-05-2012, 05:24 PM
If that doesn't work you can get 2 paint openers to pry it out...don't pry to hard the housing is soft. I got an impeller puller cuz mine wasn't budging...now that I inspect often... the impeller comes right out all the time... a put a little lube on the spline shaft so it doesn't stick. only a little bit..petroleum based products can cause the impeller rubber to fail.

www.skidim.com has the tool. pricey but its the right tool for the job

11-14-2012, 09:48 PM
this is the real way to change a belt!


11-15-2012, 08:07 AM
That's very cool but mostly insane. All that's missing in that video is someone saying " hold my beer, watch this".....

11-15-2012, 08:39 AM
That's very cool but mostly insane. All that's missing in that video is someone saying " hold my beer, watch this".....

Now you're just encouraging Kyle... :D