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Serpentine Belt Replacement

Hi. Trying to replace serpentine belt on my 2007 FJ. I'm able to release the tensioner and slip the old belt off the pulleys. But I cannot get the belt around or off the water pump. What am I missing (besides basic mechanical aptitude)? Would appreciate any help that u can offer. Thanks.
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Re: Serpentine Belt Replacement

I had mine off last year. I don't remember there being a trick to it. What is the belt catching on?
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Re: Serpentine Belt Replacement

It should just come off! Takes a little effort to get it untangled from everything I think.
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Re: Serpentine Belt Replacement

I think mine kept wanting to catch on pulleys just twist and maneuver it out. It's tight, slide it off the smooth top idler first.
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I had mine off last year. I don't remember there being a trick to it. What is the belt catching on?
Thanks for the reply and diagram. I must not be seeing this right. I release the tensioner and the belt slips off the front of all the pulleys and parts - but it looks like it won't slip off the front (or rear) of the water pump which is connected to the engine block in the rear and the radiator fan in front. What do you think I am doing wrong here? I just had the power steering pump replaced at a shop and when I got home and popped the hood I could see that about a 1/4 inch of the belt had sheared off and bird-nested around the water pump. The shop apparently didn't align the belt correctly in the grooves. Which is why I am trying to replace the belt. Thanks!
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Thanks for the reply and diagram. I must not be seeing this right. I release the tensioner and the belt slips off the front of all the pulleys and parts - but it looks like it won't slip off the front (or rear) of the water pump which is connected to the engine block in the rear and the radiator fan in front. What do you think I am doing wrong here? I just had the power steering pump replaced at a shop and when I got home and popped the hood I could see that about a 1/4 inch of the belt had sheared off and bird-nested around the water pump. The shop apparently didn't align the belt correctly in the grooves. Which is why I am trying to replace the belt. Thanks!
I just ran out to the garage and took refresher look at mine. I'm supercharged now and that requires shimming of some pulleys so I 'm not looking at a normal setup. I have plenty of room to bring my belt off. If I remember right a normal setup requires twisting the belt to maneuver it between pulleys. If it's hitting the fan blades you can rotate them until the belt slips out. Other than twisting the belt and moving the fan blades there is nothing else keeping it in place. Your just hanging up on something.
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Re: Serpentine Belt Replacement

Another thing just occurred to me.. If the belt is coming apart a few strands may be tangled around the pump or other pulleys. You'll have to untangle and or cut away the birds nest.
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I pulled the belt around the fan. It's doable.
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I pulled the belt around the fan. It's doable.
He said the belt was falling apart. I'm thinking some of the strands are tangled not allowing the belt to come free.
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Re: Serpentine Belt Replacement

I second what cliffy said. I had a belt shred and it was a pita to get all the cords and crap off of everything. When I changed my FJ belt it just came right off. Take your time and stop and take a breathe if you get frustrated you`ll get it
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