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Old 07-21-2009, 10:52 AM   #1
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Thumbs up I just changed my serpentine belt :) pretty easy

I would rate this job a "3" out of "10". 1= inflating your tire, 3=battery swap, 10=engine rebuild. I was supprised after wards how easy it was. Dont use a wrench use a socket as it fits and it is much easier on your knuckles.

Tools needed:
24mm socket
10mm socket(I think, you'll figure it out)
Belt (gator (a/c version) back from autozone)
thats it!!


Here is how I did it. 10 easy steps!!
1.) got my goodyear gator back (ac version) from autozone for about $20.
2.) had to go back to autozone to get a 24mm socket(short) and a 1/2 rachet. Make sure you have a rachet that takes the bigger hole as I couldn't find a 24mm socket in 3/8. Socket works the best, wrench just wouldn't do it.
3.) put both seats in the forward position and pulled the backrest carpet up from the bottom. The carpet is held on by 4 black plastic screw things. just use your thumbs to unscrew them and put them aside.
4.) now use a 10mm(i think) to remove all the bolts, my socket fit the two behind the arm rest if I raised the arm rest.

Now that was the hardest part. The rest is cake, but a little dirty.

Use this link for the diagram. http://theschillings.com/boxbeltcheck.htm

5.) put the socket on the wrench(hope you got the small 24mm socket) and fit it over the tension socket and crank to the right. With my free hand I peeled the belt off the alternator(don't think it really matters). unloop the belt and take it off.
6.) I made sure the two belts were rougly the same size, the old is a little bigger as it has stretched.
7.) the new belt will fit if its the "A/C" version. before you crank on the socket, thread the belt using the above diagram. leave it off the altenator till the very end. This may sound remedial but make sure the threads are down on everything but the rollers.
8.) Now you really have to push down hard (I am 6'2" 245lbs). It took me a couple tries but I rolled it over the altenator. If it doesn't fit let it up and push down harder.
9.) Double check you put it on (diagram) and start the car and make sure the belt stays on. I ran the ac also, just cause I am anal.
10.) put everything back to gether and thats it!!


My DYI projects: Difficulty level
1.) ignition switch "4 out of 10"
2.) Serpentine belt "3 out of 10"
3.) replaced my rear bumper "3 out of 10"


Next:
Spark plugs
fuel filter
Oil change
auto fluid flush
brake flush
clean all 3 radiators out( )

Good luck and if you have questions let me know.

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Old 07-21-2009, 11:40 AM   #2
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Need to add to the list : Clean Radiators... about a 4/10 on the scale. Ther's a really good UTube video showing how to pull off the front bumper.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:41 AM   #3
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Need to add to the list : Clean Radiators... about a 4/10 on the scale. Ther's a really good UTube video showing how to pull off the front bumper.
Is that the one that some lady pulled a dead bird out of her radiator? I saw that one. I will do that. I just don't want to take off my front bumper. I do have to add air filter to my list too. Of course I could replace the orange turn signals with clear ones if I take the front bumber off.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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No different UTube. The same guy also shows how to pull out the headlights.
I got my air filter from ********************************... closeout speacial for $14. Yo may want to change the cabin filter too.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:06 PM   #5
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I got the procedure but i can't still make it on my own.I need dad or my brother to help me in doing this change and other technical repair or replacement with my car.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:46 PM   #6
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I got the procedure but i can't still make it on my own.I need dad or my brother to help me in doing this change and other technical repair or replacement with my car.
Don't make it harder than it is. Really I was like " wow that is it". just crank the tension bolt two or three times. What are you having trouble with, maybe we could help you out!! You didn't just buy a Boxster, you got a huge support group also
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:36 PM   #7
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Just my 2 cents...

My '01 Box just hit 60,000 miles so it was time to do this job. I found it easier to thread the belt through everything except the bottom left idle roller. That way I could make sure that the belt was already seated into the grooves of all the other pulleys.

And yes, this an easy "3 out 10 difficulty" job. The belt cost me $31.80.

My only problem was not having a 1/2" socket wrench to do the job. It's harder than hell to find a 15/16ths socket for a 3/8ths socket wrench. Don't get an adaptor for the 3/8ths wrench. It'll only make it too long and you won't have enough clearance.

So now I have a new belt and a new 1/2" socket wrench!
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:25 AM   #8
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I was lucky. I borrowed a 15/16 open/box wrench from a maintenace guy at work. Later I found a 24mm - 3/8 drive socket after I was done. I think the socket may be from Grainger.
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:15 PM   #9
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Can you post up results from your radiator cleaning. Is there a diy for it any where?
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:50 PM   #10
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Do a Utube search for the Boxster bumper removal.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:34 PM   #11
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Just did mine. Very easy!
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:53 PM   #12
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um-h2aUJHY4

This is the bumper removal and radiator cleaning vid on you tube.

Sorry to pile on to a thread hijack, but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.

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