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How to Change a Honda CRV Serpentine Belt

Updated July 19, 2017

Your Honda CR-V comes equipped with three separate belts to operate the power steering pump, air conditioner compressor and alternator. In order to replace the serpentine (air conditioner) belt, you need to remove the steering pump belt first. Make sure to take note of the routing of each belt before removal so that you can replace them in their same exact positions.

Make a note of the radio security code of your Honda CR-V, if necessary, so that you can enter the code again after replacing the serpentine belt. Consult your car owner's manual.

Detach the negative (black) battery cable using a wrench.

Loosen the upper bolt on the steering pump mounting bracket using a wrench or ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Loosen the lower locknut on the steering pump mounting bracket through the bracket slot using a ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Pivot the power steering pump towards the engine by inserting a 1/2-inch driver breaker bar into the square hole of the bracket upper side arm. This will relieve the power-steering belt tension.

Remove the power steering belt.

Loosen the pivot bolt of the idler pulley bracket through the slot of the pulley using a ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Loosen the adjusting-bolt locknut of the idler pulley bracket through the slot of the pulley using a ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Unscrew the idler pulley adjusting-bolt just enough to release the serpentine belt tension using the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Remove the serpentine belt from the vehicle.

Route the new serpentine belt through the pulleys beginning with the largest pulley.

Screw the adjusting bolt to tension the belt using the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Tighten the adjusting-bolt locknut of the idler pulley bracket through the slot of the pulley using the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Tighten the pivot bolt of the idler pulley bracket through the slot of the pulley using the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Install the power steering belt through the pulleys beginning with the largest pulley.

Pivot the power steering pump away from the engine to provide the required tension to the belt by inserting the 1/2-inch driver breaker bar into the square hole of the bracket upper side arm.

Keep the tension on the belt and ask a helper to tighten the lower locknut on the steering pump mounting bracket through the bracket slot using the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Tighten the upper bolt on the steering pump mounting bracket using the wrench or ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

Attach the negative (black) battery cable using the wrench.

Enter the radio security code. Consult your car owner's manual if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Radio security code (if necessary)
  • Wrench
  • Ratchet, ratchet extension and socket
  • 1/2-inch drive breaker bar
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About the Author

Since 2003 Dan Ferrell has contributed general and consumer-oriented news to television and the Web. His work has appeared in Texas, New Mexico and Miami and on various websites. Ferrell is a certified automation and control technician from the Advanced Technology Center in El Paso, Texas.