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Old 08-04-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Belt Replacement 1981 Pace Arrow

Was wondering how much trouble it is to replace the belts on a 1981 Pace Arrow with a 454, as it sqeals a bit when I start it. All I know now is that I will have have to take the dog house off. Thanks!
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Well it not going to be fun to do as there is no room to do anything from the bottom, you will have to remove the DH and get in place on the motor and be careful. You will be working backwards on top of the engine.
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I had a 83 454 and the belt pulley was a tiny bit out of line. I changed belt 4 or 5 times before I finally measured everything. Change the pulley and everything became A-OK
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A fellow RVr just changed his on his 454 and gave me this. I have not done it..yet.

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File Type: pdf 454 engine front.pdf (294.1 KB, 61 views)
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Thanks for all the input, reading the pdf file, seems there is chance I can do it beneath. Hope my arms are long enough!
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When I had any engine work to perform on gas motorhomes, I would jack up the front end, put jackstands under the coach and remove the two front tires. On your period motorhome, I would remove the left heatshield. (or cut it at the front and go back with a couple of straps.) Removing the tires gives you a much better access to the engine.
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Thanks for all the input, reading the pdf file, seems there is chance I can do it beneath. Hope my arms are long enough!
An FYI on the engine front pic, the alt belt in the pic was short so the guy bypassed the lower AIR pump, the RED highlight is the correct path.
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Was wondering how much trouble it is to replace the belts on a 1981 Pace Arrow with a 454, as it sqeals a bit when I start it. All I know now is that I will have have to take the dog house off. Thanks!
I own the same Pace Arrow. Changing the belts is not that difficult. The power steering belt is a little tight to get at. The air conditioning belt has to be the exact size because there is very little adjustment on the tensioner . If you have any other questions feel free to contact me.
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Good info!
I saved that little gem DonDee, and will post it over on the Airforums too, if you dont mind?
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Good info!
I saved that little gem DonDee, and will post it over on the Airforums too, if you dont mind?
Please do
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