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Last Friday, here in Washington DC, the weather warmed up so I took the 92 Spyder to work. Got out a little early, and leaving the parking garage I heard a strange noise.
I'm only 15 miles from home, so I didn't stop to investigate, but about 8 miles down the road, the alternator light comes on.. Hmmm... I thought, I've got to re-tighten that battery cable... About 2 miles further I look down and the temprature is way past normal, with the light coming on, I pull directly off. Trying to call the wife for help is useless, she's not picking up... next call to my son who works locally.... "Sorry dad, its just now noon in California and I'm on a business call." All of fifteen minutes pass and I get back in the car switch on the key and see that the temp has fallen. I had looked under the hood, and sure enough the fan belt was gone... With only 5 miles to the house and long down hill stretch just ahead, I fire my baby up and in 2 minutes of spurt reach the crest of the hill. Off with the ignition and coast down the hill. At the bottom I let her cool down again, and it was only another 2 minute spurt until I rolled into the driveway... Quick call to Intnl Auto Parts and both Fan belt and a new Serpentine are on the way. Actually ordered a spare vee belt which will reside in the trunk along with the old replaced Serpentine..

Anybody have any tips on changing out belts? I already have the hood off over in the corner, and the Power Steering bracket as well as the alternator have been loosened.


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Ok,
So nobody could tell me that the Vee belt was gonna be the B eye T C H...
What happens is the new belt has these teeth that are tall enough to impede slipping under the crank and the front body frame.... I have the busted knuckles and scrapes and scratches to prove it... to get it in I had to resort to the Dremel sanding mandrel and taking off a bit of the tooth edge. Then, standing in front of the car and looking down, I wedged the belt at the point of the sanded down teeth, between the crankshaft and the car frame on the left side... (Passenger side) It would not budge further, but it was tightly jambed in.. The flash of brilliance took about 10 minutes to set in, but when it did, the belt was back on the Crankshaft "Vee"... In order to suck it past the wedge, I just bliped the starter(necessity is the mother of invention).

The rest of the job, replacing the Serpentine, and tightening all pulleys/belts back up was fairly easy. I just need to do a couple short trips to the grocery store to build up my confidence.

Another option I thought about was to raise the motor a bit with a floor jack, but I think that would have been troublesome since the oil Cooler protection bars are in the way.

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