Originally Posted by KAH
When changing a fan belt, it is a good idea, if circumstances permit,
to inspect each pulley and make sure there is no build up of any string
or similar crud.
Check each and every pulley to verify that it is rotating without any
Make sure that all the pulleys are in line and that the idler pulley is not
moving out of alignment.
This is just little stuff but it can save problems.
Did this with mine when I changed my belt. My tensioner pulley wouldn't even move. Bearing was shot. Half the pulley was polished so good from the belt that I could see myself in its reflection. Definitely a good thing to check. Also, diagrams are important, more important than I thought. I routed the belt how I "thought" it should go. Double checked that all the rib/flat sides lined up on the pulleys and everything. Then, I tried putting the belt on the last pulley for about 30 minutes without success. Finally I looked at the diagram one more time and it went on in two minutes. Felt like such a moron.
Live and learn the hard way or just read the directions