1996 Toyota Corolla Q&A
1996 Toyota Corolla Question: belt replacement
I want to change out the belts in the corrolla. I see three belts and I believe that there are three locations where I would need to release tension on the belts to remove them and then replace. Is this correct and can you confirm the locations of the tension points. Thanks. - snowday
The tension points are most likely the Alternator, the Power Steering Pump and the A/C Compressor. I say most likely because every Corolla is a little different depending on whether it is made in the US, Japan, Auto vs stick and on and on. There are more than 1 tension points per component, so be really sure. Good Luck! - dandd
Dan is right each model is slightly different. On each there is a bolt on which the alternator or power steering pump pivot (14mm headed bolt), there is a 14mm or 12mm bolt that is then loosened at the adjusting bracket, a 12mm bolt running parallel to the adjusting bracket is slackened to take tension off the belt during replacement and is tightened after replacing the belt to properly re-tension the belt. The power steering belt is a little more difficult to tension , the pump is pivoted rear ward from underneath until the belt is properly tensioned ,the 14mm bolt on the adjusting bracket is tightened. Check belt alignment, start engine, run for a few minutes and recheck belt tension. - patrick mannion
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