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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Re: 98 dodge caravan serpentine belt - need to get belt...
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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.
Told you it was easy. My first time drove me nuts until I learned the trick.
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3.0 timing belt driven, if a 3.3 or 3.8 serpentine belt driven,darin cooling system,remove serp belt,remove water pump pully & pry motor over to left while feeding the pully past the rt frame rail,unbolt water pump then reverse what you took off.
You'll need a Serpentine Belt Tool and a socket set.
Rotate the Caravan's serpentine belt tensioner assembly clockwise to
relieve the tension on the belt. Slip the belt off the tensioner with
your free hand before rotating the tensioner back to its home position.
Remove the tool.
Extract the two mounting bolts that hold the serpentine belt tensioner
assembly to the Caravan's front engine cover using your socket set.
Depending on your physical size and dexterity, you may find this easier
to accomplish through the top of the engine well or through the
passenger-side wheel well.
Pull the old serpentine belt tensioner assembly out of the Caravan's
engine bay by hand. Place the new serpentine belt tensioner assembly on
the Caravan's front engine cover and bolt it in using your socket set.
Rotate the new serpentine belt tensioner assembly clockwise with the
serpentine belt tool and then place the belt on the pulley by hand.
Rotate the new serpentine belt tensioner assembly back into place.
Remove the tool and close the hood.
The A/C and other accessories are run by a "serpentine" belt that is not adjustable. It may be stretched or worn out and needs replacing. I try to use "gatorback" belts when they are available as they seem to grip the best and last the longest.
Misalignment of the belt, incorrect belt, worn or loose tensioner, Too tight of an adjustment (many service centers do this on purpose so when the belt breaks in it becomes properly adjusted, I do not believe in this philosophy), The belt is actually one long belt called a serpentine belt.....
You have a tension pulley that keeps your belt tight. You will need to relieve the tension on that pulley.Make sure you have a breaker bar long enough to give you leverage. Then you can slip the belt off. There should be a diagram of how the belt is suppose to be installed located on your radiator cover
The belt routing diagram is located on the top radiator cross member by the hood latch. You should see it when you open the hood. If it is not there, all Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth minivans, from 1993 to at least 1999, used the same 3.3L engine setup, so find someone with one and look for the diagram where I described.