How to Change the Serpentine Belt on a KIA Sedona

Updated July 19, 2017

The Sedona was first introduced in 1999 by Kia, a Korean automobile manufacturing company. Known as the Kia Carnival, it was renamed in the United Kingdom and the United States as the Sedona. It featured a 3.5-litre, six-cylinder engine, and was designed to compete with the popular minivans manufactured by American-based automobile manufacturers. The Sedona uses a two-belt drive system, but has limited space and access to remove and replace the serpentine belts.

Remove and isolate the keys from the ignition so the Sedona cannot be accidentally started up during the belt replacement repair. Remove the hubcap and then crack the front passenger wheel nuts with a lug wrench. Just loosen the nuts and do not remove them.

Open the bonnet of the Sedona and then lift the passenger side front quarter with a floor jack. Place jack stand under the front frame rail to safely and securely support the minivan. Leave the floor jack in place, but allow the weight of the minivan to rest on the jack stand. Remove the wheel nuts and then the wheel.

Remove the inner wheel well splash shield. Depending on when and where the Sedona was manufactured, a variety of retaining devices may be in place. Some plastic retaining clips can simply be unseated by prying them with a screwdriver; others may have a small plastic screw which will need to be unscrewed a quarter inch to contract the clip and then be pried out. Yet other retaining devices may include metal screws that will need to be unscrewed with a screwdriver.

Locate the outer belt tensioner pulley near the alternator--in towards the lower front portion of the engine--revealed by the removal of the splash shield.

Loosen the centre bolt of the tensioner pulley with a hand wrench. Parallel to the engine, locate the tension adjuster bolt (located on the tensioner pulley) and turn it counterclockwise to release tension on the belt with a hand wrench. Turn it enough to allow wiggling movement of the tensioner pulley. If necessary, loosen the tensioner pulley bolt some more to remove the belt from the pulleys.

Locate the power steering belt tensioner pulley. It is located upwards towards the left (facing the right front wheel well). Perform the same procedure to loosen and remove the inner belt, if desired.

Place the new belts on--inner one first--and then tighten the adjuster bolt and tensioner pulley bolts until the belt can twist one half turn by hand and no more. Repeat the procedure for the outer belt.

Start the Sedona up to ensure the belts are aligned properly and working correctly. Shut the Sedona off and then remove the ignition keys again.

Replace the inner wheel well splash guard and retaining clips/screws.

Replace the wheel and wheel nuts. Tighten the wheel nuts snugly and then lower the Sedona to the ground. Re-tighten the wheel nuts to 85 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket. Replace the hubcap.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stand
  • Metric hand wrench set
  • Lug wrench
  • Torque wrench with suitable socket set
  • Screwdriver set
  • Replacement belt
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About the Author

Jody L. Campbell spent over 15 years as both a manager and an under-car specialist in the automotive repair industry. Prior to that, he managed two different restaurants for over 15 years. Campbell began his professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of his first book.