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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 4dr Sedan

2000 Chevrolet Cavalier
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
24 mpg city / 34 mpg hwy
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April 11, 2012, 4:37 pm

Greg C

Question: How to replace the serpentine belt on our 2000 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L 4-cyl.

It looks difficult to replace the serpentine belt on this car because the upper motor mount is in the way. Does it have to be removed or can I take off the right front tire & go in thru. the wheelwell to loosen the tensioner & take off the belt. I don't have room to use my belt remover tool from up above, as the motor mount doesn't allow room for the arm of the tool to move. Please help with your expert advice. Thanks!!

April 18, 2012, 9:28 pm

Tyler O

Not the best procedure description from my manual but here's what we got:

Tools Required
J 37059 Accessory Drive Belt Tensioner Wrench

Caution: To avoid personal injury when rotating the accessory drive belt tensioner, use a tight fitting 13 mm wrench that is at least (18 inch) long.

Use J 37059 in order to remove the accessory drive belt by rotating the tensioner counter clockwise.


Tools Required
J 37059 Accessory Drive Belt Tensioner Wrench

Use J 37059 in order to install the accessory drive belt by rotating the tensioner counter clockwise.

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April 21, 2012, 12:14 am

Greg C

Thanks for the response back, Tyler. I have this tool & the problem I have is having enough room to move the arm of the wrench & take the tension off the belt to be removed. I seen a youtube video that showed the upper motor mount and coolant recovery tank being removed to gain access to the tensioner & belt. My mechanic thought one could get access by removing the pass. side right front tire & wheel & plastic shields in the fenderwell. Chevy should've kept the same design as on my 90 Cavalier. -Greg

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