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How to install 2008 dodge avenger 2.7 power steering belt? I cant find the adjuster


Some vehicles may use a "stretch to fit belt". There is no tensioner. There is a small tool that is used to install such a belt. The ones I looked at, around 12--15 bucks. Your local auto store may have one? I don't know if you can use it to remove belt, I've never used one. If you have no need for a used belt, just cut it off.
YouTube has video for "stretch to fit belts".

May 08, 2016 | 2008 Dodge Avenger

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Took the old belt in to measure and this new one seems to be about an inch to short. How do I stretch it to fit or is it wrong size all together?


You can't strech the belt, slacken the adjuster, fit the belt & re adjust. If it still doesn't fit, the belt is the wrong size

Sep 05, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Serpentine belt routing new belt fitted 2 days ago and squealing already i think the belt routing is wrong


squeeling is due to a belt that is LOOSE retighten to proper settings 1/2" on longest stretch..

Jul 02, 2011 | Volkswagen Beetle Cars & Trucks

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How do I release the tension on the belt of a 08 2.5 altima doesn't have the normal pully end no nut or 3/8 square dr. fitting?


not sure on this model but its a 2008 and i suspect ---only suspect mind thats its a stretch fit belt ask at dealer to confirm my suspicion

May 04, 2011 | 2008 Nissan Altima

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Water pump bearing froze. Belt melted on road to


GoeffreyH is not correct. On this engine the water pump is run by a small, single, separate belt which cannot be adjusted by the alternator because it (and the water pump itself) are on the opposite end of the engine from the crank pulley and other accessories, such as alternator, A/C, etc. which are driven by the main serpentine belt. The water pump is driven by a pulley on the end of one camshaft. Your confusion stems from the change from the old system, in which a longer belt was used with a tensioner in the traditional fashion, and the new system on 2004 vans where the tensioner was eliminated and a 'stretch fit' belt was used. Stretch fit belts have a springy component (like a rubber band) and keep their own tension this way by being stretched a bit to fit over the pulleys then holding snug against them. The problem is that some parts books erroneously call for the old belt for vans which need the new one. So the first belt your mechanic got was longer (to fit over the extra tensioner pulley) and static (not stretchy). On these newer vans, you can still see the mounting boss where the tensioner would have gone, it's part of the castings so it's still there. That's why it looks like there's a place for a tensioner but like none was ever there. Both your observations are correct. The only thing you need to do now is make sure your new belt is the right one, that it's a stretch fit belt, so it maintains tension (otherwise the water pump pulley will eventually start to slip and spin too slowly and the van will overheat) and also that it's not TOO tight, which will put you out of another water pump. The correct belt, if it's from NAPA, would be 030250SF.

Jul 11, 2010 | 2004 Mazda MPV

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Mazda 929 cambelt replaced belt & tensioner has done 18000 klms the belt has stretched or jumped one tooth is this a common problem or do i need to replace another part.


Timing belts stretch they just snap.If the leading side was installed loose the belt could have jumped.Also check the timing belt pulley keyway

Mar 02, 2010 | 1988 Mazda 929

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Installing alternator helps??


the belt tensioner should have a slot where you can fit either a 3/8 or 1/2 drive ratchet in it to pry on it..they make a special tool to fit in it.. but a ratchet will work most of the time.

Dec 31, 2009 | 1997 Ford F350 Crew Cab

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I am trying to replace the serpentine belt on a 2002 mustang 6 cyl. I took the old belt off by loosing the alternator however I cannot ssem to stretch the new belt to fit?


Hi,
If this belt serves all the rotating components, I would imagine you have a spring-loaded tensioner.
This is actually the item you would need to pry back, in order to remove and install a belt. Your user's manual may assist you on the belt routing, and you may also have a picture diagram in your engine compartment.
Hope this is accurate and helps you... Good luck!

Sep 25, 2009 | 2002 Ford Mustang

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