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Can the belts on a Volvo D12 be changed without removing the fan blade and/or radiator?

Serpentine belt on alternator and A/C compressor can be changed in minutes by putting a 1/2" drive ratchet head square (no socket) in the square hole in the idler and pulling on the handle of the ratchet. Belt then easily slips off. Be sure to check bearings in idler on the spring arm when you change this belt.

 

The main belt that goes to the fan is suppose to come off without removing the fan - or so the parts guy at Volvo tells me. I haven't tried it yet as mine is still in good shape with no cracks. I am also interested to know if anyone has done this with the fan on.

 

You must be doing lots and lots of winter maintenance based on frequent questions. I was working on mine until Sunday when the cold front came through. I'm an upper 60's and lower 70's man so my truck projects are sitting since I do not have a garage door I can get it in. So, been working on the boat. New axle, springs, hubs and tires on the trailer. OB motor got a new set of plugs, rebuild of all three carburetors, rebuild on fuel pump and new fuel tines. Sorry, that isn't what you asked.... just got upgrade and fix-it jobs on my mind. Thirt-five days until we head for sunny Florida to spend the winter.

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Older D12 but have to pull fan off to change belt. Not long enough to get over blades.

Not too bad though. Blind job but doable. Nothing else disturbed.

Thanks Bill

 

 

 

Serpentine belt on alternator and A/C compressor can be changed in minutes by putting a 1/2" drive ratchet head square (no socket) in the square hole in the idler and pulling on the handle of the ratchet. Belt then easily slips off. Be sure to check bearings in idler on the spring arm when you change this belt.

 

The main belt that goes to the fan is suppose to come off without removing the fan - or so the parts guy at Volvo tells me. I haven't tried it yet as mine is still in good shape with no cracks. I am also interested to know if anyone has done this with the fan on.

 

You must be doing lots and lots of winter maintenance based on frequent questions. I was working on mine until Sunday when the cold front came through. I'm an upper 60's and lower 70's man so my truck projects are sitting since I do not have a garage door I can get it in. So, been working on the boat. New axle, springs, hubs and tires on the trailer. OB motor got a new set of plugs, rebuild of all three carburetors, rebuild on fuel pump and new fuel tines. Sorry, that isn't what you asked.... just got upgrade and fix-it jobs on my mind. Thirt-five days until we head for sunny Florida to spend the winter.

Yes, Randy, I get bored without a project and the truck is always a good project.

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