2010 Optima Serpentine Belt Drama

I have been thinking about doing this project myself for a while now and researching it. I have read a few postings and seen a few videos, but I am shocked by the lack of information available. Although I am fairly skilled at doing do-it-yourself projects in the engine compartment, I am not sure about this. Using a serpentine belt remover tool and a 17mm crow’s foot adapter, I can remove the belt quite easily. How to Turn on the new one is the thing that stumps me! Even getting my hands between the pulleys and frame is impossible for me.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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The answer to this one also piques my curiosity.Although I’ve worked on other cars, the Rondo has a really sleek appearance.
One recommendation I’ve read is to bend a strong wire 90 degrees and use that bend as a guide to replace the new belt.

P.S. What is the mileage on your belt? They appear to be reliable for far more than 100,000 miles.

The serpentine belt in a 2010 Kia Optima connects the engine to systems like the water pump and alternator. If the belt breaks, these systems stop working, which can leave you stranded. Signs that the belt needs replacing are abrasions and cracked or damaged ribs. Here’s how to handle the replacement:

  1. Remove the old belt: Use a serpentine belt remover tool and a 17mm crow’s foot adapter to take off the old belt.
  2. Install the new belt: This can be tricky because it’s hard to get your hands between the pulleys and the frame.