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Need to adjust drive belt tension on 6 cylinder 96jeep

How do I adjust drive belt tension on 6 cylinder 96 jeep?

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  • winzells Feb 02, 2009

    I am told that the auto tensioner is on the V8 only. Six cylinders have a manual adjuster.

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It should have an automatic tensioner if belt is loose then it needs to be replaced

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  • muinjig Feb 02, 2009

    if the alt is adjustable then it would be your tensioner then

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How do i adjust a serpentine belt on a 96 jeep cherokee


You don't. If the belt looks frayed or otherwise damaged you replace it. There is however a belt tensioner which kind of automatically applies tension to the belt which removes the need to adjust belts like the old v belts with the adjustor brackets. You shouldn't have more than 1/2 to 1" or belt play otherwise if so your tensioner may be going out and need to be replaced.

Dec 09, 2010 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Belt routing


V-BELT ADJUSTMENT CAUTION
On models equipped with an electric cooling fan, disconnect the negative battery cable or fan motor wiring harness connector before replacing or adjusting drive belts. The fan may come on, under certain circumstances, even though the ignition is OFF. Alternator Drive Belt
  1. Position a ruler perpendicular to the drive belt at its longest run. Test the tightness of the belt by pressing it firmly with your thumb. The deflection should not exceed 1?4 in. (6mm).
  2. If the deflection exceeds 1?4 in. (6mm), loosen the alternator mounting and adjusting arm bolts.
  3. On 1968-72 V8 and 6 cylinder models, use a prytool to move the alternator toward or away from the engine until the proper tension is reached. NOTE: Apply tension to the front of the alternator only. Positioning the prytool against the rear end housing will damage the alternator.
  4. On 1973 and later V8 models, place a 1 in. (25.4mm) open-end or equivalent wrench on the adjusting arm bolt and pull on the wrench until the proper tension is achieved.
  5. Holding the alternator in place, tighten the adjusting arm bolt. Inspect the belt tension. When the belt is properly tensioned, tighten the alternator mounting bolt. Fig. 1: Alternator belt adjustment 86651054.gif
Power Steering Drive Belt ALL 6-CYLINDER AND 1971-72 V8 MODELS
  1. Holding a ruler perpendicular to the drive belt at its longest run, test the tightness of the belt by pressing it firmly with your thumb. The deflection should not exceed 1?4 in. (6mm).
  2. To adjust the belt tension, loosen the adjusting and mounting bolts on the front face of the steering pump cover plate (hub side).
  3. Using a prytool on the pump hub, move the power steering pump toward or away from the engine until the proper tension is reached. Do not pry against the reservoir as it is relatively soft and easily deformed.
  4. Hold the pump in place, tighten the adjusting arm bolt and then inspect the belt tension. When the belt is properly tensioned tighten the mounting bolts.
1973 AND LATER V8 MODELS
  1. Position a ruler perpendicular to the drive belt at its longest run. Test the tightness of the belt by pressing it firmly with your thumb. The deflection should be about 1?4 in. (6mm).
  2. To adjust the belt tension, loosen the three bolts in the three elongated adjusting slots at the power steering pump attaching bracket.
  3. Turn the steering pump drive belt adjusting nut as required until the proper deflection is obtained. Turning the adjusting nut clockwise will increase tension and decrease deflection; counterclockwise will decrease tension and increase deflection.
  4. Without disturbing the pump, tighten the three attaching bolts. Fig. 2: Power steering belt adjustment (slider type) 86651055.gif
Air Conditioning Compressor Drive Belt
  1. Position a ruler perpendicular to the drive belt at its longest run. Test the tightness of the belt by pressing it firmly with your thumb. The deflection should not exceed 1?4 in. (6mm).
  2. If the engine is equipped with an idler pulley, loosen the idler pulley adjusting boot, insert a prytool between the pulley and the engine (or in the idler pulley adjusting slot), and adjust the tension accordingly. If the engine is not equipped with an idler pulley, the alternator must be moved to adjust, as outlined under Alternator Drive Belt.
  3. When the proper tension is reached, tighten the idler pulley adjusting bolt (if so equipped) or the alternator adjusting and mounting bolts. Fig. 3: Air conditioning belt adjustment 86651056.gif
Thermactor® Air Pump Drive Belt
  1. Position a ruler perpendicular to the drive belt at its longest run. Test the tightness of the belt by pressing it firmly with your thumb. The deflection should be about 1?4 in. (6mm).
  2. To adjust the belt tension, loosen the adjusting arm bolt slightly. If necessary, also loosen the mounting belt slightly.
  3. Using a prytool, pry against the pump rear cover to move the pump toward or away from the engine as necessary. WARNING
    Do not pry against the pump housing itself, as damage to the housing may result.
  4. Holding the pump in place, tighten the adjusting arm bolt and recheck the tension. When the belt is properly tensioned, tighten the mounting bolt. Fig. 4: Air pump adjustment points 86651057.gif
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Nov 12, 2010 | 1988 Mercury Grand Marquis

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Looking for a belt tensioner for a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Country. Where would I look? Perhaps I am not calling it by its correct name as no one can even guess what I am looking for...Thanks!


Do you mean the tensioner pulley?

Then, I would look for something with a 1/2" square hole in a pivoting spring loaded pulley that is designed to put 'tension' on the serpentine belt.

Depending on the engine, it can be located in various positions.

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION - 8 cylinder engine Alternator Belt
  1. Loosen the alternator mounting and adjusting arm bolts.
  2. Pivot the alternator inward and remove the belt from the vehicle. To install:
  3. Install a new belt.
  4. Holding the alternator in place to maintain tension, tighten the alternator mounting and adjusting arm bolts.
Power Steering Belt
  1. Loosen the adjusting and mounting bolts on the front face of the steering pump cover plate (hub side).
  2. Pivot the power steering pump inward and remove the drive belt. To install:
  3. Install the drive belt.
  4. Holding the pump in place, tighten the adjusting arm bolt and the mounting bolts.
Air Conditioning Compressor Belt
  1. If the engine is equipped with an idler pulley, loosen the idler pulley adjusting bolt and remove the belt.
  2. If not equipped with an idler pulley, loosen the adjusting and mounting bolts.
  3. Pivot the air conditioning compressor inward and remove the drive belt.
  4. Installation is the reverse of removal.
Air Pump Drive Belt
  1. Loosen the adjusting arm bolt slightly. If necessary, also loosen the mounting bolt slightly and remove the drive belt. To install:
  2. Holding the pump in place, install the drive belt, then tighten the adjusting arm bolt and the mounting bolt.

Oct 17, 2010 | 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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A new tensioner was fitted, it was rattling then


YEP SOME JEEP 6 CYLINDER ENGINE BELT TENSIONER NOT AUTOMATIC.YOU HAD TO ADJUST BELT TENSION BY LOOSEN THE POWER STEERING PUMP BOLTS AND TURN THE TENSIONER ADJUSTING BOLT TO TIGHTEN OR LOOSEN THE DRIVE BELT.IF YOU HAVE THE AUTOMATIC BELT TENSIONER.EITHER YOU ARE GETTING THE WRONG ONE OR BELT TOO BIG.IF IT WAS ME TAKE TO ANOTHER GARAGE.

Jun 13, 2010 | 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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How To Change A Fan Belt On A Jeep cherokee 96


That depends on which engine you have. On v8 engines you need to put a wrench on the tensioner pulley and pull it over. On six cyl and four cyl engines there is an adjustment bolt on the power steering pump. Loosen the pump slide bolts and turn the adjustment bolt that moves the pump in and out of adjustment. (bolt runs under the pump...long threaded rod with a bolt head)

Jun 09, 2010 | 1996 Jeep Cherokee

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How difficult is it to change a serpentine belt on a 96 ford expidition 6 cylinder???


fairly easy theres a belt tensioner that you rotate to relieve tension remove belt install new one rotate tensioner put belt on release tension start engine check belt then your done

Jan 18, 2010 | 1996 Ford Explorer

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I need a new timming belt on a 01 kia sephia how do i change it


Hi there,

Below are the procedures to remove the timing belt...

1. Disconnect negative battery cable.

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2. Loosen power steering lock bolts and nuts accordingly and remove tension from power steering (P/S) and/or air conditioning (A/C) compressor drive belt. 3. Remove P/S and/or A/C drive belt.

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4. Loosen generator mounting bolts and adjusting bolt. 5. Remove generator bolts.


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6. Remove water pump pulley.

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7. Remove crankshaft pulley and timing belt guide plate.



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8. Remove upper and lower timing belt covers.


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9. Turn crankshaft so that timing mark on timing belt pulley is aligned with timing mark on engine.


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10. Check that "I" mark on intake camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on cylinder head cover and "E" mark on exhaust camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on cylinder head cover.


Do not move camshaft or crankshaft once timing marks have been correctly positioned.



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11. Loosen tensioner pulley lock bolt.
12. Protect timing belt with a rag.
13. Remove tensioner pulley.


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14. Remove timing belt.



Regards,
Jeep Brainy

Sep 20, 2009 | 2001 Kia Sephia

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Serpentine belt installation


You think you have loosened it as far as it will go.. look on back of the P/S pump.. theres a lil 13 mm bolt back there almost hidden .. lemmie know

Mar 15, 2009 | 1996 Jeep Cherokee

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Need to change idler pulley on a 95 explorer


it's metric. Do you have 2.3L 4 cylinder, 3.0L 6 cyl or 4.0L 6 cyl?

Drive Belt Tensioner, Automatic Removal and Installation
  1. Remove drive belt (8620) as described in this section.
  1. Remove drive belt tensioner retainer bolt and drive belt tensioner (6B209) .
  1. To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten drive belt tensioner retainer bolt to 83 Nm (62 lb-ft).

Mar 03, 2009 | 1995 Ford Explorer

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Drive belt is loose on 6 cylinder 96 jeep. How do I adjust it?


You will Probably need a New Belt Tensioner. Draw a Diagram of the Belt Routing Before Removal of the Belt.You will need to Locate the Belt Tensioner. It has a Large Pulley on a Bracket that Has a Bolt in the Middle and a Smaller Pulley that Goes Under the Belt and Holds Tension on it. You will need to get a Wratchet, Socket, and Cheater Bar. Turn the Bolt On the Top Large Pulley with the Wratchet and Cheater Bar. This will Lower the Smaller Pulley So that you will be Able to Remove the Belt. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

Feb 02, 2009 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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