The serpentine belt is a wide belt with ribs on the inner part of the belt. These ribs make it easier for the serpentine belt to travel around each accessory pulley. The belt on the 2001 Hyundai Tiburon is held on to the pulleys by an adjustable tensioner. As the engine is running, the pulley on the crankshaft turns the serpentine belt. The belt then travels around each of the other accessory pulleys on the engine so that each accessory can function. Replace the serpentine belt whenever there is damage or cracking anywhere on the belt.
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Things you need
- 1/2-inch drive ratchet
- 1/2-inch drive socket set
Park the 2001 Hyundai Tiburon in a safe area and open the bonnet.
Secure the bonnet with the bonnet locking rod attachment. Look on the top of the plastic guard that covers the radiator for the serpentine belt routing diagram. If the diagram is not there, look on the under side of the bonnet.
Look on the front of the engine and locate the tensioner that is keeping the serpentine belt tight around the pulleys. The tensioner on the 2001 Hyundai Tiburon model cars has an adjustable bolt on the side of the tensioner pulley.
Loosen the locking bolt in the centre of the tensioner pulley with a 1/2-inch drive ratchet and a socket.
Loosen the adjustment bolt on the side of the tensioner pulley with a 1/2-inch drive ratchet and a socket. Turn the adjustment bolt counter clockwise to loosen the tension on the belt.
Pull the serpentine off the tensioner belt and the other accessory pulleys with your hand.
Wrap one end of the new serpentine belt around the pulley on the crankshaft, then route the serpentine belt around the remaining pulleys. Leave the tensioner pulley for last.
Turn the adjustment bolt clockwise to tighten the new serpentine belt around the pulleys to reach the proper tension on the new serpentine belt. Push down on the serpentine belt with your hand; there should be no more than 1/2 inch of slack in the belt. If there is, keep turning the adjustment bolt until the belt is properly tensioned.
Tighten the locking bolt in the centre of the tensioner pulley with the ratchet and socket. Look over the new belt to make sure that it has been properly routed around each pulley.
Crank the 2001 Hyundai Tiburon and watch the new serpentine belt while the motor is running to make sure that the belt is travelling evenly around the idler pulleys and to make sure that the belt stays seated in the pulleys. Turn the engine off.
Tips and warnings
- If there is no serpentine belt routing diagram anywhere inside the engine compartment, sketch the routing direction of the old belt before taking it off.
- Take the keys out of the ignition before working inside of the engine compartment to prevent accidental cranking by someone else.
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