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Old 10-19-2008, 04:23 PM   #1
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I have an 88 Winnebago Chieftain and I want to change the belts, possibly have a look at the water pump, maybe tighten a few things. How the heck do I get in there. I removed the doghouse and ...no room. Do I have to remove the whole front clip to do any kind of engine work?

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I have an 88 Winnebago Chieftain and I want to change the belts, possibly have a look at the water pump, maybe tighten a few things. How the heck do I get in there. I removed the doghouse and ...no room. Do I have to remove the whole front clip to do any kind of engine work?

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Old 10-19-2008, 05:39 PM   #3
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check to see if you can reach the front of the engine , if like my coachmen, the lid on the doghouse only lets you check the airfilter and trans fluid, if youlook very closely around the doghouse area and dig around the base in the carpet. you should find that the rest of the cover is screwed to the floor every few inches, also you will need to jack the front up the crawl underneath too. take off the belt one at a time and label them, also save the taggs of the new belts and label themm too. for the water pump, look for a small hole behind the pulley and underneath, check for signs of coolant leaking from that hole. use lots of pb blaster on the bolts and good luck!!!
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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I could get to the belts with the doghouse off the water pump...Maybe but you will have to get around the a/c pump and heater and radiator hoses. From underneath you may be able to see it but won't get to it..The radiator is smack in the way. The timing has to be set from down there but most everything else is top-side. I had to remove the radiator to get any access to see what was wrong with my water pump and the bypass hose. Good luck with yours, Dan
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:45 AM   #5
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The best way is to take your time and remove the staples from the fan shroud....
Once removed you can split the shroud and remove the upper piece then the bottom section can be juggled around and dropped down...
Once both sides are out simply put them together and drill some 1/4 holes (4) on each side and bolt them back together on the final install....You will have e'nuf room now.

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When I changed the belts on my 89 P-30 chassis, it was almost a two man job. You have to work some from the top and then some from the bottom and lots of skinned knuckles..

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Ugg I do not even wanna think about that right now..We have a 76 cheiftain lolol
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Even with the shroud on I was able to change belts. I had to remove the radiator and shroud when i replaced the Motor and Trans. While there I replaced everything with new..Belts, Hoses, Water pump, Fuel pump,Power steering pump, alternator, The thermostat and by-pass hose and replaced the heater control valve too!! Changed the fan clutch too!! It was easy with the radiator out. But i can change the belts even with the radiator and shroud in. The Power steering belt is a bear as you have to get your arm so far down to get the belt on the pulleys and then you have to tighten the belt with one hand while tightening the bolt with the other!!! After that it is easy as pie with this one.Maybe I am lucky??
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Thanks for all the replies. Guess it is a "get in where you fit in" kind of deal. Oh to be 130 lbs and skinny as a rail again.
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huh 130..Even I can not claim that....
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