How to Replace the Drive Belt on a Kia Sorento

Updated July 20, 2017

The Kia Sorento is a mid-size sport utility vehicle with an eight-cylinder engine. The drive belt is located on the front of the engine and connects to all of the engine pulleys. The engine pulleys are the round wheels that the drive belt turns to power components on the engine such as the alternator and the power steering pump. This is a fairly straightforward job, and with the right tools and a little time, you can replace the drive belt on the Kia Sorento yourself.

Remove the four bolts that secure the plastic cover to the top of the engine using the ratchet set. The bolt size will vary, depending on the model year. Pull the cover off of the engine and set the bolt inside the cover. Set the cover aside.

Connect the locking pliers to the tension pulley next to the alternator towards the bottom of the engine. Tighten the pliers to the metal arm and pull the tension pulley towards the driver's side of the engine. Pull the drive belt off of the engine pulleys and release the tension pulley.

Place the new drive belt on the engine pulley at the bottom of the engine. Guide the drive belt up and around the other engine pulleys until you reach the tension pulley. Follow the yellow routing diagram on the radiator to position the new belt.

Pull the tension pulley towards the driver's side of the engine. Connect the belt to the roller on the bottom of the tension pulley. Remove the pliers from the tension pulley.

Replace the plastic cover on the top of the engine. Tighten the bolts using the ratchet set until the bolts are snug.

Things You'll Need

  • Ratchet set
  • Locking pliers
  • Replacement drive belt
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Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.