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Can't install new serpentine belt on 2000 intrepid

Accessory belt side. How do you loosen the idler?

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No worries,

They can be a pain. This procedure will make it easy and doesn't require a prybar.

  • Get a 14mm or 9/16" (your vehicle may be different) socket and a long handled ratchet or breaker bar.
  • Get the belt around all the pulleys except the A/C compressor or Alternator.
  • Locate the tensioner pulley. It's one of the smaller ones and is mounted on a spring loaded arm. It's job, as the name suggests, is to keep the belt tight. Get your socket on the center nut of this pulley.
  • Slowly pull the ratchet toward the center of the engine. The pulley will pivot on the arm allowing you to get the belt on the final pulley.
  • Slowly release the tension.
  • You're done
Cool huh?

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