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Replace belt tensioner on 1998 Dodge Caravan 3.0

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  • Brad Freeman May 11, 2010

    what leads you to believe its the tensioner that is bad?

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The 15mm nut is located under car on the back of the bracket that the tensioner is located on you will need a flex adapter and a few extentions and room enough to get under the car

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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Remove belt ,remove bolt holding pulley on install new pulley install belt

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1998 dodge grand caravan serpentine belt directions,diagram 3.3 ltr


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Fig. Fig. 11: Accessory drive belt adjustment-3.3L and 3.8L engines
All of the belt driven accessories on the 3.3L and 3.8L engines are driven by a single serpentine belt. The belt tension is maintained by am automatic tensioner.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise the front of the vehicle and safely support it with jackstands.
  3. Remove the right front splash shield.
  4. Release tension by rotating the tensioner clockwise.
  5. Remove the belt and install a replacement.
  6. Proper belt tension is maintain by the dynamic tension.
  7. Install the right front splash shield. Lower the front of the vehicle.
  8. Connect the negative battery cable

May 03, 2012 | 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan

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How to tighten the serpentine belt? 1998 dodge caravan


there is a spring loaded tensioner that keeps the belt tight

Dec 23, 2010 | 1998 Dodge Caravan

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Can I tighten a fanbelt on a 98 dodge caravan with just a regular socket and wrench and if so what size socket


No has a belt tensioner ( spring loaded ) no adjustment, if weak, will need to be replace.

Dec 01, 2010 | 1998 Dodge Caravan

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Serpentine belt for Dodge Caravan 1998, it repair


Go to auto zone rent a special tool used to release tension on the serpentine belt tensioner.

It's located on the left side looking at the engine from teh front,

You may not have a lot of room to fully pull back the tensioner SO have some ratchets ready and some sockets and a small pipe for leverage, it's a bear.

Your tensioner MAY be bad so you may have to replace it.

Feb 21, 2010 | 1996 Dodge Caravan

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Serpentine belt slipped off. 1998 Dodge Gran Caravan 3.0 litre 6 cylinder


On this particular model of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan I determined that the upper hose from the water pump had slipped off and anti-freeze squirted on the serpentine belt causing it to slip off. Once the belt gets slick it never stays on. I replaced the belt by loosing the tensioner which is the idler pulley located in the center of the configuration, A big thanks to user motor1258for the configuration diagram.

Oct 27, 2009 | 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Belt Tensioner replacement


A simple bolt on assembly, the tensioner for the serpentine belt may need replacement if it fails to smoothly pivot and maintain tension on the belt.

Using a half inch breaker bar, release tension by rotating against the spring, remove the belt from the tensioner. Unbolt the tensioner (one bolt may be so diffucult to reach that you might want to use a racheting open end wrench by Alden.
Install the new tensioner by reversing these steps.
I usually replace the belt at the same time.

Jul 02, 2009 | 1998 Dodge Caravan

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Serpentine belt replacement


What engine do you have? The 3.3 and 3.8 engines have a single serpentine belt, and a belt tensioner, so no adjustment is needed. Did you replace the tensioner, and want to know how much to torque it? countrycurt0

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