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.
belt replacement on 1996 Toyota Corolla
by snowday in Colorado Springs, CO on July 17, 2009
ANSWER by patrick mannion , July 17, 2009
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.
ANSWER by dandd , July 17, 2009
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!