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I did search and saw some info on other models. Is this best done from underneath and/or through the wheel well? Looking for some input. When I look at it from above it seems like i'd be going in somewhat blind and from below doesn't look that much better. So I'm thinking maybe through the wheel well is how a "real" mechanic does it?

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OK. Crude drawing below. (That was first thing I did) I'm not sure I labeled everything correctly but that is the layout. Not horrible but you do need to remove the right front tire and access through the splash guard. There are three press in clips you need to take out and then you can move it aside enough to get in there , or you can take the whole thing off with another couple screws. ( I laid on the ground) turn the the tensioner clockwise with 14 mm wrench to release the tension, then remove the belt. Off is pretty easy. On was a little more work. I got it all in place except for the crank pulley, then I released the tension on the tensioner by holding the rubber handle of a hammer against the wrench for leverage and finally manipulating the belt over. Initially it was off a little on a couple of the other pulleys but I then released the tension again and pushed it on with my hands. Double/triple check then fire her up and check again. Took me about 40 minutes once I got in there. The majority of it was trying to get the new one back on, while taking short sanity breaks and drinking coffee.

Also threw four plugs in. Car has 93,000 miles after 27 months of ownership.
 

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