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It is really difficult to put the serpentine belt on. I know the tension strength is way too much. Can I change the tension strength on the pulley?1996 Plymouth Voyager

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  • aftecboy Feb 03, 2009

    I have the same problem, but need a belt map to know where the belt is suppose to go around. Any help?



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The way I do it - is to use socket wrench with socket # 15 mm.
Stick your socket wrench on the bolt in the center of the tensioner (set up to tighten). Rest the belt on the socket after you mounted the belt around all of the pulleys - following a scheme. Resting belt on the socket will give you enough slack to set your belt all over. Now, push your socket wrench clockwise, as much as you can and with other hand set your belt over the tensioner.

If you don't have any help to hold the belt on the power steering pulley and the drive pulley - you can use a piece of a duct tape to temporary secure the belt on those pulleys.

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There will be a flat pulley, mounted to a spring loaded arm, that you need to rotate in order to install the belt. The spring tension will be pretty high, and you will need to use a lever bar and socket to lever against the spring to get the belt on. The flat roller will then tension against the belt as you release the lever bar spring load.

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