Drive/aux belt will not go on
Nightmare with 147 1/9 jtd lusso (2003). Wife came home with no power steering - found aux belt trailing on ground.
Got the correct part (gates 6pk1835xq) from parts dealer but it will not go on. I rotate the spring adjuster to the max but still the belt is too short to go on. Re-checked with parts dealer but he is sure it is right one - my checks seem to bear this out (although one supplier on ebay says it is incompatible it seems to be a one-off).
The old belt seems to be 1.5 to 2 cm longer but it is very old.
Gave up today but must try again tomorrow. Any ideas? I am at a complete dead end.