After removing the hubcap, I positioned the jack. To get some slack so we can slip the old belt off and watch the cam sprockets magically move a few teeth. There are 3 bolts holding it on. Start By removing the Airbox. Start off by turning the passengers side wheel to the right and raising your car so you can get underneath it.
You can remove the balancer now it falls off, no puller required Keep your hand on it, or it could get damaged with a fall to the floor. I have not removed the belt yet. I'm sure you'll see it. My paint faded so be sure to use a bright solid color and be obvious about it. The service interval at this mileage calls for the Timing belt to be replaced.
One such part is the timing belt, responsible for proper engine valve opening and closing. I have a 2005 Pontiac Wave with the same motor. Here's the 4 inner motor mount bolts. So I'm glad to have changed it when I did. Once the upper motor mount is removed, you have acess to the next step, removing the inner motor mount. There recessed but not to hard to find or reach with things out of the way.
I removed both clamps and set the hose out of the way, back over the motor this way you dont have to unplug any of the sensors 2. If it is not there, all Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth minivans, from 1993 to at least 1999, used the same 3. My initial thought was it must be the serpentine belt. In this pic I'm showing one of the 3 Allen head bolts surrounding the water pump silver thing next to my hand. Once the upper motor mount is removed, you have acess to the next step, removing the inner motor mount.
This picture showes the 3 bolts of the lower cover. For the timing belt kit I used a Contitech kit. I put a spare rim and wood underneath the car behind the jack cup, for saftey, incase the jack decided to loose pressure in the middle of things. They can be seen from underneath the car as well. They dont want to stay lined up anymore. To start with, I left it in 5th gear and set the parking brake.
Sometimes it can be stubborn with the prying part, especially getting it into place. Here, I took the top cover off before I actually removed the motor mount. I parked it with enough room to sit in front of the passenger side wheel. Be sure not to go too high and start lifting the car by its engine. The old gasket is crushed into shape. Mine is a 5 speed.
One is inset into the rear plastic cover. If you have to replace a timing belt, it is also a good idea to replace any belt tensioners or pulleys that keep the belt at its proper timing and tension. I checked the belt and it seemed fine. Hey I don't know if you check back to this but my timing belt went at about 87,000 miles on my '04 Aveo. Put a wrench here and give the pulley a tug as if you were trying to tighten the bolt.
The back of the belt runs along it. You'll be able to see all the attaching screws. This thing is so great for duties like this. Otherwise, if it comes off, there is a sticker just under the hood either on the fan shroud or the radiator support that has the belt diagram. Now, you can remove the two bolts that hold the alternator on.