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98 dodge caravan serpentine belt - need to get belt on one last pully

I have my belt (Serpentine) wound through almost all, but can't get the last pulley.  What is the trick, would you have directions you can send me, with list of tools?  If it's loosening the tension pully or taking it off, I most likely have the tool, just don't know what to do.

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Hi Kevin,

The Powers that be at FixYa HQ have been doing some upgrading. Notifications over the last week have suffered somewhat. I apologize for not getting back to you immediately. I hope my solution is still deserving of a FixYa Rating from you.

As for your trouble getting a serpentine belt on, it's easy and doesn't require a prybar.

  • Get a 14mm or 9/16" 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
Told you it was easy. My first time drove me nuts until I learned the trick.

Good luck Kevin
Mike

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Turn the tensioner pulley counter clockwise this will give you enough.belt diagrams are availably at auto parts store. you will need a 15mm.wrench to move tensioner thanks for your question.

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