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My nane is Dan and I am new to this forum and VW's. Does anyone know how to change the ac and power steering belts on my daughters 1994 Golf.Not sure the proper way to take the tension of the ac belt .Also the exhaust sysyem is bad and looking to replace.Thanks for any info you could provide
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For the serp belt just take a 13mm wrench (I think), put it on the nut and pull downward on the wrench. It will pull the tensioner off the belt and you can slip the belt off. The V-belt is a tad bit harder. Requires some loosening of power steering bolts.
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Park the vehicle on a level surface and set the parking brake.
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Turn the steering wheel to full right lock.
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Disconnect the ground cable from the negative battery terminal. Loosen the retaining bolt using a wrench. Pull the clamp off the terminal.
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Note the path of the belts around the engine pulleys. The new belts must be installed in the same way. Draw a diagram, using a pencil and paper to help keep track of how the belts are installed.
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Loosen the power steering pump mounting bolts, using a socket. Allow the pump to slide toward the engine.
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Pull the v-belt off the engine pulleys and remove it from the vehicle.
Replacing the Serpentine Belt
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Rotate the tensioner pulley, by hand (it will be located just below the alternator) away from the belt to release the tension on the belt.
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Pull the serpentine belt off the engine with your hand.
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Thread the new serpentine belt around the pulleys following the drawing you made before disassembly.
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Release the tensioner pulley to tighten the belt.
Reinstalling the Auxiliary V-belt
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Examine the auxiliary v-belt and replace if it is cracked or overly worn.
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Lay the v-belt into position over the engine pulleys.
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Check that the v-belt is properly seated into the engine pulleys.
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Pull the power steering pump away from the engine and tighten the mounting bolts using a socket.
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Place a straight edge over the two pulleys at the v-belt's longest run.
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Press down at the midpoint of the belt with your finger.make sure it has a little play.
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Tighten the v-belt by loosening the power steering pump mounting bolts, using a socket. Pull the pump away from the engine and retighten the bolts.
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Reconnect the ground cable to the negative battery terminal. Slide the clamp over the terminal; tighten the retaining bolt using a wrench.
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To adjust tension on the power steering belt you can also use the cog that turns to move the power steering pump. Just wrap your 22mm socket around it, turn left for less tension and right for more tension. You must make sure all your other bolts are loose or you will just strip the cog and pump wont move.
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Thanks for the quick response mcrow and hangman.You guys are great.I am unfamillar with German vehicles and it was nice to get responses from people whio have been there.Any good sources for exhaust systems? Thanks again
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