How to Change Belts on Kia Cars

by Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017

In Kia car released a new and improved lineup of cars including the Spectra and the Rio. All of Kia car vehicles use a drive belt to run a variety of pumps and gears in the engine such as the alternator and the water pump. These vehicles use the same basic instructions for replacing the drive belt. Replacing a Kia car drive belt will take around an hour. At -ome mechanics need not fear replacing the drive belt, because it is simple matter of pulling the old one off (if it's still on) and putting a new one on.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change Belts on a 2002 Kia

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal, using the socket wrench.

Loosen the adjuster bolt on the tension pulley with the socket wrench. The tension pulley is in the front-center of the engine compartment and is directly behind the fan.

Draw a diagram of the exact path the drive belt takes around the pulleys if there is no such diagram already posted in the engine compartment.

Remove the drive belt. Once the adjuster bolt is loose, the tension pulley should slide enough to allow the belt to slip off the tension pulley. Then slip the belt off the rest of the pulleys

Place the new drive belt in its place. Make sure that it follows the correct path and that the belt and all of the grooves in the pulleys line up for a smooth fit.

Place the tension bar on the tension pulley and the socket wrench on the adjuster bolt. Use the tension bar as a lever to tighten the belt. Once the belt is tight, tighten the adjuster bolt to secure the tension pulley in place.

Reattach the negative battery cable.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Tension bar

 How to Replace Belts on a KIA Sportage

Park the Sportage in a level area and pop the hood. Locate the serpentine belt on the front of the engine.

Find the serpentine belt tensioner pulley on the lower left portion of the engine. Use the socket wrench to turn the tensioner bolt clockwise to release the tension on the belt.

Slide the old belt off of the pulleys and then slide the new belt onto the pulleys in the same pattern as the old belt. Turn the serpentine belt tensioner clockwise again and slip the belt over the tensioner pulley.

Release the tensioner pulley, close the hood, and turn the car on to see if everything works properly and the belt runs on the pulleys correctly.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • New bolt

 How to Change the Belt on a 2002 KIA Optima

Open your Optima's hood to access the engine compartment. Locate the tensioner pulley on the passenger side of the engine. There are two bolts located between the engine block and tensioner pulley. The bolt located by the block is the securing bolt. The bolt that is visible is the tensioner bolt, which is used for placing tension on the belt.

Unscrew the securing bolt with a socket wrench. The bolt will require a 14mm socket to unscrew the bolt.

Unscrew the tensioner bolt with a socket wrench to relieve tension on the belt. Slide the belt off the pulleys and pull it out of the engine compartment.

Slide the new belt over the crankshaft pulley, which is the large pulley located at the bottom of the engine. Observe the diagram located next to the hood latch to ensure all the pulleys are accessible. (All Kia vehicles are equipped with a belt diagram under the hood.)

Tighten the tensioner bolt with a socket wrench. Tighten the securing bolt to lock the tensioner pulley.

Start the car and allow it to idle. Listen for squealing produced by the belt. If the belt is squealing, turn the car off. Loosen the securing bolt and tighten the tensioner bolt with the socket wrench until all of the tension is relieved. Once the belt is tight, the squealing will go away.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

 How to Change a Belt on KIA Sorento

Pop the hood of the car and locate the serpentine belt on the front of the engine. Look on the left-hand side of the pulley system and locate the belt tensioner pulley. This pulley simply rides on the belt to provide tension and keeps it from slipping off.

Use the screwdriver to loosen the set screw on the right-hand side of the pulley mount. Attach the socket wrench to the bolt in the middle of the pulley.

Turn the pulley clockwise, which will pull the pulley up and release tension on the serpentine belt. Slide the belt off of the pulleys and slide the new belt in its place. Let the tensioner pulley down onto the serpentine belt, and start the car to make sure the belt is configured correctly.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

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