How to Replace Automotive Belts and Hoses – Advance Auto Parts


Jim: Welcome to today’s video clinic, Belts
and Hoses. Today’s project is this 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 and the owner says
that the belt squeaks and he’s noticed some antifreeze on
the ground just up under the front, which we’ve traced to
the lower radiator hose. Brian: So, we’re going to replace the upper
and lower radiator hoses, the serpentine belt which connects all the
key vehicle systems and the belt tensioner pulley. A lot
of people don’t know just how critical this little guy
is when replacing the serpentine belt. All you need’s
a little advance know how. Jim: And the right tool and this job is not
hard at all. Let’s get started. Well, the first step is to drain
the coolant out of the radiator into a sealed container and
then that way we can take off the upper and lower radiator
hoses. Brian: While we get the rest of the antifreeze
drained this is a good time to go ahead and remove the serpentine
belt. We’re using our Advance Auto Parts loaner tool to
overcome the tension on the pulley and holy cow, when I
push on the tensioner pulley there’s like, no rebound. Jim: Wow, no wonder this belt slips and squeaks. Brian: Okay. I’ve got my side off Jim. Jim: Okay. Let me help you here on this side. Brian: Good. The old belt comes off very easily.
This is such a critical component under the hood, but a lot
of people think it’s a tough project and here’s the
proof it’s actually very easy. The belt’s out. Next step
is take the tensioner pulley itself off. There’s really
just one stud in a nut here, but easy access. They come
up and out, ready for the new one. Jim: Well, Brian. Long as we got the belt
off and the tensioner, we can roll this alternator out of the way and that
allows us access to the clamp that holds this radiator
hose on. I’ve already loosened it, so if you could just
help me by prying with this big screw driver. Actually we could
use almost anything down there. I just need a little
upward lift. Brian: Apply gently and there we go. Jim: And there we go then we can take our
hose off. Well, the next step is to take this clamp off. Now, we can remove
this upper radiator hose. There you go Brian, if you
could take that one. Brian: All righty sir. There’s the new one. Jim: Thank you, sir. I’ll put that right back
into place where the old one was and retighten the clamp. Brian: Okay. I’ve got my end fitted down over
the goose neck, Jim. I’ve got the clamp snug. Let’s go ahead and
tighten that up. Okay, top clamp is tight, now moving on
to the bottom radiator hose. I’ve got the clamps loose.
Work them right off the bottom of the water pump. Be careful.
You may get a little drip engine drainage here. We’ve got
our drain pan back under the truck. Jim: Here you go Brian. Here’s a new hose. Brian: Great, thank you. Jim: You know, hoses can crack and swell and
they can bulge. That’s what you want to do is look at the hoses and see
if there’s swollen parts. See if there’s a crack in it
especially around the edges and make sure that they’re
not too soft. You can squeeze the hose all the way down
and any condition like that is an indication of a hose that
needs to be replaced. Brian: Okay, just tighten up our lower hose
clamps and we’re good to go. Let me just grab the new tensioner pulley
here, Jim. It installs very simply. Just line up the stud
and the stud, you can feel it drop in. Reinstall .the nut
on the back and we’re just about there. Grab the new serpentine
belt from Dayco. Here you go, Jim. Jim: All right Brian: It’s a long belt. Jim: It certainly is. Brian: If you have any questions about how
the routing of that belt goes, right under the hood of every vehicle
there’s a diagram. Jim: Okay, belt’s routed. Brian: Good deal. Let me create some up tension
here with our tensioner tool. Spool it up around the alternator
pulley and we are in business. Wow, what a difference
in that spring tension too. Jim: Well, it feels good over here too, Brian.
The next step is to add the antifreeze coolant. If you got pets around
the house, the Low Tox is what’s recommended. Now that we’ve
got the radiator topped off we’ll put the cap on and
fill the coolant recovery up to the cold full mark
and we’re done. Brian: So, we’ve got about an hour and a half
into the project. I know we’ve saved a good amount of money by doing
this ourselves and we’ve definitely increased the reliability
of this vehicle with a new serpentine belt and tensioner
pulley. Jim: That’s right and we stopped the coolant
leak. We replaced the upper and lower radiator hoses. We did a good visual
inspection of all the heater hoses and we topped it all
off with fresh coolant. So, we’re ready for a road test. Brian: Let’s go. Jim: See you next time.