After reading this I thought it's about time to replace mine besides that my idlers are starting to make noise and it would be nice to have a spare belt. Belt $21.99 (cheapo), upper idler $17.99 (goodyear), tensioner idler $19.99 (gates).
It took me about 20 minutes and I replaced the both idlers. I would highly recommend the idlers too. They are cheap and wear out almost as fast as a belt.
1. From the top get a 19mm wrench on the tensioner. Pull up and pull the belt off the top idler and alternator.
2. Remove the intake hose and fish out the belt. If you are replacing the tensioner anyways unbolt it with a 13mm wrench. It makes belt retrieval easier.
3. If you are replacing the upper idler do it now (15mm wrench). Also, this is a good time to replace the tensioner idler (13mm wrench) if not going with the complete tensioner.
4. Bolt the tensioner and idler back in. Make sure the tensioner is keyed in correctly.
5. Fish the belt down in. Lift the car just before the tire lifts. Unbolt the splash guard (1 10mm bolt) Reach up and get it situated on the lower pulleys and around the tensioner. Get back up top and pull the tensioner with your 19mm wrench and get the belt first on the alternator. A little more pull will get you under the upper idler.
6. Make sure the belt isn't binding up around the upper engine mount, replace the intake hose and splash guard bolt and you're done. Save the old spare along with a 19mm wrench for an emergency roadside repair.
Last edited by 2002caravan; 03-03-2010 at 04:07 PM.