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    Vehicle : Vectra GSi 3.2 V6

    Trim : GSi

    Engine : Z32SE

    Year : 2003

    Mileage : 212,060

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    Happy New Year!

    Can anyone on here give me a how-to on changing my serpentine belt? It chirps on cold start in the mornings and I think that the battery charging is suffering. Power steering too.

    A how-to with photos would be ideal.

    Even better would be if some kind soul on here were able to pop over to mine in NW London and give me a hand with it... Suitable, er, refreshments could be provided for such an individual.

    Cheers.

    Paul
    2003 Vauxhall Vectra GSi 3.2 V6

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    1. Open bonnet

    2. Disconnect battery.
    • Detach ground cable


    3. Raise vehicle

    4. Detach ribbed V-belt cover
    • Unscrew 4x bolt


    5. Unclip 2x power steering hydraulic line
    • From front axle body


    Support engine (VX use a special tool)

    9. Release right engine bracket
    • Remove bolt
    Note: Bolt cannot be removed (love that bit, it means undo completly.)


    10. Lower vehicle

    11. Remove air cleaner housing (1)
    • Detach wiring harness plug (2).

    • Unclip wiring harness (4)

    • Detach intake hose
    – Release clamp (3)


    12. Remove right engine damping block
    • Loosen engine bracket adapter
    – Unscrew 3x bolt (1)


    • Loosen engine damping block
    – Unscrew 2x bolt (2)

    – Unscrew nut (3) (this means remove the engine mount under the air box)

    13. Detach right engine bracket
    • Unscrew 3x bolt (arrows)


    14. Detach ribbed V-belt
    • Tension ribbed V-belt tensioner in direction of arrow

    • Use KM-913-A


    Important: Note running direction

    15. Attach ribbed V-belt

    16. Attach right engine bracket
    • Screw in 4x bolt

    • Tighten 3x bolt
    – Tightening torque 55 Nm



    Reassemble is reverse of removal basically. The tensioner is held on with 2 bolts, replace while the belt is off.

    Also worth mentioning that the tensioner has a lug that should be inbetween two stops that indicate the tension of the belt and as its sprung loaded keeps the tension constant. If its on one of the two stops then it needs replacing.

    HTH
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    power steering???its electric m8,now its just an idler pully

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    Quote Originally Posted by vecgsiboy View Post
    power steering???its electric m8,now its just an idler pully
    Unless the lack of voltage is causing issues?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    Unless the lack of voltage is causing issues?
    Good pointthese belts usually last years and a lite oiling(wd40 or even talc)does the job and makes the belt stop squeeking on a temp basis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    1. Open bonnet

    2. Disconnect battery.
    • Detach ground cable


    3. Raise vehicle

    4. Detach ribbed V-belt cover
    • Unscrew 4x bolt


    5. Unclip 2x power steering hydraulic line
    • From front axle body


    Support engine (VX use a special tool)

    9. Release right engine bracket
    • Remove bolt
    Note: Bolt cannot be removed (love that bit, it means undo completly.)


    10. Lower vehicle

    11. Remove air cleaner housing (1)
    • Detach wiring harness plug (2).

    • Unclip wiring harness (4)

    • Detach intake hose
    – Release clamp (3)


    12. Remove right engine damping block
    • Loosen engine bracket adapter
    – Unscrew 3x bolt (1)


    • Loosen engine damping block
    – Unscrew 2x bolt (2)

    – Unscrew nut (3) (this means remove the engine mount under the air box)

    13. Detach right engine bracket
    • Unscrew 3x bolt (arrows)


    14. Detach ribbed V-belt
    • Tension ribbed V-belt tensioner in direction of arrow

    • Use KM-913-A


    Important: Note running direction

    15. Attach ribbed V-belt

    16. Attach right engine bracket
    • Screw in 4x bolt

    • Tighten 3x bolt
    – Tightening torque 55 Nm



    Reassemble is reverse of removal basically. The tensioner is held on with 2 bolts, replace while the belt is off.

    Also worth mentioning that the tensioner has a lug that should be inbetween two stops that indicate the tension of the belt and as its sprung loaded keeps the tension constant. If its on one of the two stops then it needs replacing.

    HTH
    Was just looking at that on TIS, what a pain just to change the belt, however if you look at the next one down on TIS where it says about changing the tensioner, it doesn't mention about removing and loosening damping blocks and you would have thought it would be the same procedure as the belt has to be removed to remove the tensioner if you see what I mean, however it does mention it being for LHD maybe for some reason this is the difference?
    Cheers Pete

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    You can remove the tensioner with out removing the engine mount, but the mount goes through the belt so it cannot be changed without removal.

    0.9 hours labour plus a further 0.2 for the tensioner iirc.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Ah right, sounds like it might be a ****-up on Tis then.
    Cheers Pete

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    Thank you for all this, guys. Massive help! I might give the talc trick a go first but I do think that the belt will need doing soon.

    Paul
    2003 Vauxhall Vectra GSi 3.2 V6

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSiFan View Post
    Thank you for all this, guys. Massive help! I might give the talc trick a go first but I do think that the belt will need doing soon.

    Paul
    have you checked the position on the tensioner as it shows if it needs to be changed.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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