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Old 10-22-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Serpentine Belt Change

I have a 2005 Fleetwood Providence, Cat C7, Allison trans, on Freightliner chassis. I have 26,000 miles on the coach. Due to the age, I am considering changing the two belts on the engine. I like to do my own work and am trying to figure out how to get to the belts and change them. A local mechanic wants 500 bucks. Any hints on how to do this job? Am I barking up the wrong tree?

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Old 10-22-2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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Good idea to change the belts before they break and leave you stranded someplace. We have an ISC Cummins now and I changed the perfectly good belts at about 25,000 miles. Put them under the bed for emergency spares.
Since ours is a side radiator unit it took longer to find the tools than to do the change of both belts, then it only took about 10 min to finish. Hardest part was retensioning the air con belt.

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Old 10-23-2012, 01:50 AM   #3
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If you have a rear closit like my discovery, the floor comes up to gain access tho the front of engine. Get a buddy to help from under coach to change belts.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:55 AM   #4
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Hey PJB, if you have a rear radiator, which I believe you do, its going to be a pain. I recently had to replace the AC belt and it was a real pain. The belt has to be worked over the fan, and it is BARELY large enough for that. You might want to search Serpintine belt and see what you turn up.
Also you might want to check on the Fleetwood forum here for some tips.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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I do mine from the bottom. Grab a camera and snap a couple pics first. Make sure you can follow the belt all the way around in the pics - collect some time and patience, then go for it. The only tool I use on our 3126 is a 1/2'' ratchet to engage the idler pulley. I've done it twice now (yup screwed up the first time) and can do it in a half hour or less. -Al
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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I had mine replaced, about 2 months ago. Cost me just over $900.00. The belt was only about $55.00, but the rest, was labor. The mechanic said he had to remove the floor in the rear closet and work down, from there. If I ever need it again, I think I will try it myself, or get one of my sons to do it.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:26 PM   #7
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I replaced the serpentine belt from the top and if memory servers me correctly the smaller belt from underneath. There was a pulley or some other device and I had to loosen a couple of bolts to be able to remove the Small belt. Not a major job.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I will enlist my son, gather some patience and time, empty the closet and get after it!!!

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