New serpentine belt won't fit, but it's the right size

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    • #15709

      I have a 2002 saturn lw300 and am replacing the serpentine belt, it’s so close, maybe 3/4 to an inch off and I don’t think it’s ever been changed before, it has about 193,000 miles on it and the belt won’t quite fit, I have my grandfather trying to stretch the new one out just a bit, any ideas?

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      First make sure the belts are the exact same length. There are numbers on the belt in mm and maybe also inches for the length. If you cannot read the numbers, then just hold them together to see if the same size.

      If they are, then the belt tensioner is probably binding up and is stuck. Work it back and forth, spray a little WD-40 in it or replace it.

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