Possible to change serpentine belt without removing front bumper?
My serpentine belt shredded yesterday. I've got a new belt, and I'm hoping that there is someone on here who has replaced a serpentine belt without removing the front bumper, etc. I tried searching for this specifically and couldn't find anything.
I've replaced the serpentine belt when doing the timing belt and all that, but never just on its own. Is it impossible to do without removing the front bumper?
I've replaced my alternator and tensioner pulley without taking the front end off. If I were to do the pulley and belt again though, I'd drop it into service position. Its a few extra bolts, but less swearing and probably a time saver as well.
Silver over Black 2000 A4 1.8TQMS 202K+ miles
A8 Brakes, KO4/GIAC, Borla, VMaxx, Southbend Stage 3
Better check your serp tensioner roller and anything else turned by the belt while the belt is off. I found the bearing on my 2.8's serp tensioner to be dry; pried off one bearing seal and regreased (I have a new bearing but need to grind off pulley rivets to change it). Your 1.8T should't any special procedures. Even the V6's belt doesn't require anything other than deflecting the tensioner with a ratchet wrench. By the way, The belt should last far longer than 25K, our '99 Passat 1.8 has the OE belt at 135K.
When I did my serp belt I did not put the car in service mode. Mine is a 2.8L so what I did was able to get a socket and ratchet down there for the tensioner and loosen the belt, then I looped the belt through the radiator fan, up and out. Now to get it back through, same way, slide the belt through the fan shroud and blades, then was able to match it up on the pulleys, cake!