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Re: Repair/Replace Questions
I, too, have never had a real "issue" with changing the belts. The hood opens pretty darn far and access to the engine is pretty good.
Just lean over the fender and fish the belts around the fan and drop 'em down onto the crank pulleys. I don't think it requires a contortionist.
OTOH, tightening the alternator belt with Air Conditioning is a pain in the rear.. I usually crawl under the Scout and put a prybar against the tensioning "boss" and pry the alt away.. then tighten the adjuster.
As Whyle mentioned, a stool might be necessary to get the reach you need to get to the belts. I've found a good step stool is very handy on my 4"/33-shod SII.
I've also been known to just sit on the fenders/cowl and climb right inside depending on what I'm doing.
Of course, maintenance doesn't get any easier than the one-piece tilting front-clip on my race Scout. Hood, grille, fenders, etc. all tilt 180 degrees forward. :-)
If you think you need a *little* more room under the hood to get to those belts - you can "pop" the hood retension arm (the thing that locks it open on the passenger side) out of the sliding bracket and get the hood open a few more inches. I would recommend using a rope or ratchet strap or something to make sure the hood doesn't try to open 180-degrees and bend something, but you can get a few more inches of room.
That's how I remove radiators from the Scout - open the hood a little extra far and the radiator *will* come straight up n' out. I've done that too many times. :-(