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    Help Handy Husband not so handy

    I'm new here and need a little help...my husband took the alternator belt off and the pulley system out and now he can't get it back together. I was wondering if someone could post a picture of how it is supposed to look so he can put it back together.
    It's a 1996 Cadillac SLS.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Can't help with a diagram, but if he plans on doing some of the maintenance it may be worth a few $$ to buy a Chiltons manual. They should have a the info. The parts store may let you see first.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    It's not easy working some of these cars... A manual would be a good start...
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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Quote Originally Posted by EcSTSatic
    Can't help with a diagram, but if he plans on doing some of the maintenance it may be worth a few $$ to buy a Chiltons manual
    Good heavens NO!

    Buy the manual from Helms Inc. It's the original factory service manual (FSM).

    http://www.helminc.com

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    This is from a 1995 FSM, but it is the same as yours.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Look under the hood, many cars have a sticker with a diagram of the serpentine belt route.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    I agree with all of the above except Chiltons

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    I agree with all of the above except Chiltons

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Guys...Chiltons is a basic manual and yet I've overhauled entire engines using Chiltons or Haynes. They serve their designed purpose well. I buy and sell fixer-uppers and manage with the information in these manuals. The FSMs are overkill for anything below occasional and general maintenance.

    Kev is right. A lot of cars have stickers with belt diagrams on the frame. My van even has a vacumn diagram. I can't say for sure on the Caddy.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Warren, thanks that what he needed,

    But is tensioner adjustable to tighten the belt because he cant make the belt fit.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Quote Originally Posted by EcSTSatic
    Guys...Chiltons is a basic manual and yet I've overhauled entire engines using Chiltons or Haynes. They serve their designed purpose well. I buy and sell fixer-uppers and manage with the information in these manuals. The FSMs are overkill for anything below occasional and general maintenance.

    Kev is right. A lot of cars have stickers with belt diagrams on the frame. My van even has a vacumn diagram. I can't say for sure on the Caddy.
    It also doesnt cost 100.00

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Quote Originally Posted by EcSTSatic
    Guys...Chiltons is a basic manual and yet I've overhauled entire engines using Chiltons or Haynes. They serve their designed purpose well. I buy and sell fixer-uppers and manage with the information in these manuals. The FSMs are overkill for anything below occasional and general maintenance.

    Kev is right. A lot of cars have stickers with belt diagrams on the frame. My van even has a vacumn diagram. I can't say for sure on the Caddy.
    It's very inaccurate, as far as the ones for caddies go...

    I would suggest www.alldatadiy.com ...It's better than Chiltons, and is way cheaper than Helms.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    As far as manuals go, you do get what you pay for. The Haynes and Chiltons are not always complete or as informative as you need and they are sometimes inaccurate. They also tend to cover a number of models in a span of time where they are similar, just enough alike to be a little confusing and incomplete.

    The factory service manuals on the other hand can be a bit intimidating in the amount of information, the location of the info and the wording. A little tough for the average guy to pick up, read and understand sometimes, or maybe I'm just not as smart as I've always thought....... NAW! couldn't be!

    Anyway, sometimes it's nice to have both.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac_owners_wife
    Warren, thanks that what he needed,

    But is tensioner adjustable to tighten the belt because he cant make the belt fit.

    The spring in the tensioner should do all the adjusting for you... If the belt doesn't fit, you've got the wrong one.

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    Re: Help Handy Husband not so handy

    The tensioner is spring loaded. There is a 1/2" square hole in the back side of it. Once it is mounted, use a 1/2" breaker bar as a leverage handle by putting the 1/2" drive lug in the hole and retract the tensioner. Then slide the belt in place and release the tension.

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