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I have this tool from lisle (59370) to remove & install the stretch belt. Very difficult to use. There seems to be no room on the bottom crank pulley as it is a double pulley with the inner portion being of a smaller diameter where the A/C belt goes. . The crank pulley sits very close to the engine so there is no clearance on the back of that pulley to install the tool. The only option is to get the belt in place around the crank pulley & stretch it over the a/c pulley. I put the stretch tool on the a/c pulley but when I rotate the crank the belt slips so I am just spinning the pulley & not getting any traction in order to get the belt to stretch onto that pulley, what a PIA. Any suggestions beside putting the outer belt on & driving to the a/c shop? There must be some other tool out there or I just suck at this part. I replaced my A/c compressor & I still have the engine lowered so it is optimal for me to work on the belts at this time. I had to wait a week to get that stretch belt from Smart Madness. WTH was smart thinking by putting a stretch belt on the inner portion of the crank pulley? It would be so much easier if it was on the outer pulley
 

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UPDATE ++++++

Okay never mind I got it on with the tool. I placed a screw driver between the belt right before the tool & it placed enough pressure on the a/c pulley & belt in order to help me slide the belt on. Got her all buttoned up now & ready to take it in for the Vac & Freon recharge. Thanks all!!
 

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several years ago, I had to pull the engine on my 08, but wanted to leave the AC compressor hooked up, which meant I had to remove the belt. When it came time to re-mount the compressor and put the belt back on I was real concerned about rolling it back on, fearing that I would damage the belt by rolling it over the outer lip of the pulley. This was before I knew that it was a special "stretch" belt and there was a tool made for that. My solution was to use a small right-angle grinder with a cut-off disc and cut a short section (about 3/4 in.) out of the outer lip on the pulley to give me a place to start rolling the belt on without stretching it over the lip. Since it is a ribbed belt , it never knows the notch is there. Just be sure you don't leave a burr on the edges of the notch.
 
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