How to Replace Belts on a 2002 KIA Sedona

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How to Replace Belts on a 2002 KIA Sedona
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The 2002 KIA Sedona comes equipped with three different belts that control each of the front engine accessories. The first belt controls the alternator. The second belt controls the power steering pump and the third belt controls the air conditioner pump. Each belt is tensioned by an adjustment bracket located on the accessory that the belt is operating. All three belts are driven around each accessory by the crankshaft. Replace these belts immediately if there is any type of damage or cracking anywhere on the belt.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet
  • Metric socket set
  • Replacement belts

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Instructions

    Alternator Belt Replacement

  1. 1

    Park the 2002 KIA Sedona in a safe work location. Turn the engine off and open the bonnet.

  2. 2

    Locate the alternator on the front of the engine. The alternator belt is tensioned inside of the alternator pulley, water pump pulley and the crankshaft pulley by an adjustable bracket that is mounted to the top of the alternator. Loosen the bottom pivot bolt that is on the bottom of the alternator with the ratchet and a socket.

  3. 3

    Loosen the locknut in the middle of the alternator adjustment bracket with the ratchet and a socket. Then, turn the adjustment bolt on the end of the bracket counterclockwise with the ratchet and socket. Once the belt is loose, slide it out of each pulley and out of the engine compartment.

  4. 4

    Route the new alternator belt into each accessory pulley. Then, turn the adjustment bolt clockwise to tighten the belt. Once the belt is tight, check the tension of the belt by pushing inward on the belt. If the belt has more than a half-inch of free play, the belt is too loose. Keep turning the adjustment bolt clockwise until the belt has a half-inch of free play. Then, tighten the locknut and the pivot bolt down tight with the ratchet and socket.

    Power Steering Belt Replacement

  1. 1

    Locate the power steering pump on the front of the engine. The power steering pump belt is routed inside of the power steering pump pulley and the crankshaft pulley. Loosen the front pivot bolt on the bottom of the power steering pump with the ratchet and socket. Then, locate the adjustment bracket on the top of the power steering pump.

  2. 2

    Loosen the locknut on the front of the adjustment bracket with the ratchet and a socket. Then, turn the adjustment bolt at the end of the bracket counter clockwise until the belt is loose. Pull the belt out of the power steering pump pulley and the crankshaft pulley. Then, pull the belt out of the engine compartment.

  3. 3

    Route the new power steering belt into both pulleys. Then, turn the adjustment bolt clockwise until the belt is tight.

  4. 4

    Check the tension of the belt by pushing in on the belt with your hand. Each accessory belt should have no more than a half-inch of free play in the belt.

  5. 5

    Tighten the pivot bolt and the locknut with the ratchet and socket.

    Air Conditioner Belt Replacement

  1. 1

    Locate the air conditioner pump on the front of the engine. The air conditioner belt is tensioned by an adjustable pulley below the air conditioner pump. Loosen the locknut in the front of the adjustable pulley with the ratchet and socket.

  2. 2

    Turn the adjustment bolt on the bottom of the pulley counterclockwise to loosen the belt. Once the belt is loose, remove it from the air conditioner pulley and the crankshaft pulley. Then, pull the belt out of the engine compartment.

  3. 3

    Route the new air conditioner belt into both pulleys. Turn the adjustment bolt on the bottom of the pulley clockwise with the ratchet and socket to tighten the belt.

  4. 4

    Check the tension of the belt with your hand. The air conditioner belt should also have no more than a half-inch of free play in the belt. Once the belt is tight, turn the locknut down tight with the ratchet and socket.

  5. 5

    Inspect all of the belts to ensure that each one is securely inside of each pulley. Then, crank the engine and let it run for about 15 seconds. Turn the engine off and recheck the tension on each belt with your hand. Close the bonnet.

Tips and warnings

  • Each belt is designed to fit only the accessories it was designed for. This prevents the belts from being installed onto the wrong accessory pulleys.
  • The belt tension can also be checked with a belt tension-checking tool that can be bought at most any auto parts store.
  • Make sure that the belts are completely seated inside of each pulley before closing the hood. A belt that is not properly seated can come off while driving down the road.

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