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914 Alternator belt installation

Noticing the red lite and my volt meter reading between 8-10, it was obvious that I had a electrical issue. Upon further review with the engine compartment, I noticed that my belt was broken. Any good suggestion of how to quickly replace the belt on this 1975 2.0L 914
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Two ways: Either the "book" method, or the "quick and dirty" method.

Book method--
Locate the two oval plastic plugs on the left-front corner of the engine tin near the alternator. Pull them out. Loosen the clamp nut (usually takes a large-ish Allen wrench) so you can swing the alternator up and inward. Fit your new belt around the fan pulley, then around the alternator pulley. Push the alt out and down while tightening the clamp nut. You want the belt to give about 1/2" under "moderate thumb pressure", I believe.

Quick and dirty method--
Hook the new belt around the fan pulley, and as far around the alternator pulley as it will go. Crank the starter. If you did it right and are lucky, the rotation of the engine will pull the belt into the right location.

Note that the Q&D method is harder on the belt, and may put extra stress on other parts (e.g., alternator bearings) as well!

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DD,

Thanks for the quick advise!! I'm concerned about the brackets that I would think need to come off, or loosened up, before the belt can go around the crankshaft?? It looks like it is bolted across the pulley and attached either side and top and bottom??

Because of the location of the I can't really tell.

Any further suggestions?

Peter
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Sounds like you have a smog pump? If so, you will need to unbolt the support for the smog pump pulley to get the belt in. I'm not sure if you will have to unbolt the pedestal that holds the pulley itself...

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DD,

I've removed that smaller belt that might be for the smog pump. Then removed the 10 mm bolts on either side and top side of the bracket. the bracket remains solid so I'm thinking that the larger bolt on the shaft end needs to be removed / loosened to allow the belt to slip behind the bracket.?? My concern is that there may not be enough room to loosen up the main nut before I'm into the metal shield. Any suggestions ??

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Sounds like you have a smog pump? If so, you will need to unbolt the support for the smog pump pulley to get the belt in. I'm not sure if you will have to unbolt the pedestal that holds the pulley itself...

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DD, I'm I hurting anything by not reinstalling the the smog pump?
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By "largish" Allen wrench, DDD means 6mm. The Cap'n
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