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Belt comes off when wet. are there tensioner replacements?


Tensioners can have the pulley or ride wheel replaced or you can replace the entire tensioner. But if your belt hasnt been replaced in a long period of time it might be time for a belt replacement. A tensioner has a limited amount of travel to use to keep tension on the belt. Once the belt has stressed and stretched to a long enough length then the tensioner cannot apply any more tension.

Oct 12, 2013 | 1996 Plymouth Voyager

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1997 Jeep cherokee larado squeals replaced the drive belt a few times and it keeps tearing


Inspect the belt tensioner for the following conditions:
Noise
  • If the belt squeals, the tensioner force may be insufficient. Check the belt length gauge, if the length is correct, replace the tensioner.
  • If the tensioner clatters or rattles during engine operation, there may be internal interference or wear. Replace the tensioner.
  • If the belt chirps, you may have a worn pulley or tensioner or cracks in the tensioner bas or arm. Check the mounting bolts, if they are okay, replace the tensioner.
Sticking or Seized Tensioner or Idler
  • If the tensioner does not operate smoothly or doesn't move, you may have: internal thrust surface damage/wear, internal damage/wear, or a broken spring, replace the tensioner.
Appearance
  • Inspect the tensioner arm for cracks or other damage. If the tensioner is broken, it should be replaced.
  • Look for excessive tensioner movement at idle, which can indicate internal wear, an out-of-round pulley or loose mounting bolts. Check the mounting bolts, it they are in good condition, replace the tensioner.
  • Make sure the tensioner is not tilted or misaligned. Also make sure a gap exists between the tensioner arm and base. If you notice a problem, check the mounting surface, it the surface is okay, replace the tensioner.
Belt Tracking
  • If the belt does not track properly on the pulley tracking surface, you'll need to troubleshoot the problem. Check the mounting bolts and the system alignment. Then, make sure the correct belt is being used for the vehicle. If all of these things are intact, replace the tensioner.
Belt Length Indicator
  • A belt length indicator is built into each tensioner.
  • The gauge identifies the effective operating range of the tensioner.
  • It consists of a pointer and either two or three length marks.
    • On a three-mark gauge minimum belt length, maximum belt length and ideal belt length are indicated.
    • On a two-mark gauge only minimum belt length and maximum belt length are indicated.
    • Ideal belt length on a two-mark gauge is generally half way between the minimum and the maximum.
  • When a belt wears and stretches with age the tensioner will move towards the maximum belt length to maintain proper tension.
  • As the pointer nears the maximum length mark, replace the belt.

May 04, 2012 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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I need to replace the belt tensioner on a 2000 Chysler Caravan with a 3.0L engine, with a/c. I would appreciation a diagram for properly installing the serpentine belt, and some instructions on how to...


Hi, I have pasted the procedure for belt replacement below. To replace the tensioner as well, first take the belt off. Then remove the pulley from the tensioner. This will expose the single bolt that holds the tensioner on. Replace the tensioner and then the pulley (if replacing all). Then reinstall the belt.

Alternator/Power Steering Pump Belt
The alternator/power steering pump belt is provided with a dynamic tensioner to maintain proper belt tension.
  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 (use a box-end wrench on the tensioner bolt shown in the picture.
  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.


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    Fig. Alternator/power steering pump belt tensioner bolt location


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Aug 13, 2011 | 1996 Dodge Caravan

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Replace serpentine belt



Removal & Installation

  1. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise and remove the drive belt.
    WARNING Never suddenly let go of the tensioned idler pulley. The force of the spring pressure suddenly released may damage the idler pulley mechanism. Always release the spring pressure gradually.


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    Fig. Rotate the belt tensioner to relieve tension on the belt-4.6L engine shown, others similar


To install:
  1. Route the belt over the pulleys making sure all the grooves in the pulleys and the belt line up correctly. Refer to the accessory belt routing section of this manual.
  2. Rotate belt tensioner clockwise and slip drive belt over idler pulley on tensioner.

  1. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise and remove the drive belt.
    WARNING Never suddenly let go of the tensioned idler pulley. The force of the spring pressure suddenly released may damage the idler pulley mechanism. Always release the spring pressure gradually.


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    Fig. Rotate the belt tensioner to relieve tension on the belt-4.6L engine shown, others similar


To install:
  1. Route the belt over the pulleys making sure all the grooves in the pulleys and the belt line up correctly. Refer to the accessory belt routing diagrams above.
  2. Rotate belt tensioner clockwise and slip drive belt over idler pulley on tensioner.
If for any reason, the tensioner is crooked, replace it!!! Also, install the belt with the writing facing you like you are trying to read a book. This WILL (a trick I learned at Mercedes) prevent even a new belt from squeeling!!

Dec 16, 2010 | 2003 Ford Explorer

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How to adjust de belt to grand cherokee 8 cilinders 4.7


  1. Step 1 Find the belt tensioner pulley. The tensioner pulley is generally between the crankshaft and a component toward the top of the hood area.
  2. Step 2 Check the belt routing so you know how to replace the belt. You may be able to find a belt routing diagram on a decal on the fan shroud or in support documentation. Otherwise, make you own sketch for reference.
  3. Step 3 Rotate the belt tensioner pulley, using the wrench, to and relieve tension on the belt.
  4. Step 4 Slip off the old belt and slowly release the tensioner pulley.
  5. Step 5 Use your belt routing diagram to put the new belt onto all of the pulleys. Pay close attention to the water pump pulley, as incorrect routing can cause the water pump to run backwards and overheat.
  6. Step 6 Make sure the belt is correctly routed and seated on all pulleys. Rotate the tensioner again to allow for the belt to slip onto all pulleys and then release the tensioner again to regain correct tension on the belt.

Jun 01, 2010 | 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Steps to replacing the serpintine belt


release tension on belt by:
-put a socket/breaker bar or ratched on the tensioner pulley bolt and use it to relieve tension on the belt
-slide belt off tensioner pulley. replace with new belt in same pattern across all pulleys and again relieve tension on the tensioner puller to slide the new belt back on
--you may need to remove the bolt on the tensioner closest to the pulley (i don't know just judging by the picture i found)
---if you don't know what the tensioner looks like look up the part on autozone's website for a picture you can match on your car

Jan 10, 2010 | 2005 Toyota Corolla

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I need to know how to replace the Drive Belt/ Serpantine Belt/ Accessory Belt Tensioner. NOT JUST THE PULLEY THE ENTIRE ASSEMBLY. Step by step please. Diagrams would be useful. Thanks


this should be the correct routing for that belt

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the tension looks like this

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replacement is not too difficult. usually the bolt in the center turns opposite to how you normally loosen bolts. to remove the hole tension should be straightforward as you will see the bolts

Dec 07, 2009 | 1998 Lexus Gs 400

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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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Cant find 97 ford taurus serpentine belt diagram


Drive Belt Replacement ani_caut.gif WARNING: IF EQUIPPED, DO NOT ALLOW DRIVE BELT TENSIONER (6B209) TO SNAP BACK AS DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR PERSONAL INJURY COULD RESULT.
NOTE: Minor cracks in the V-grooved portion of the serpentine drive belt (8620) are considered normal and acceptable. If the drive belt has chunks missing from the ribs, the drive belt should be replaced.

NOTE: Conditions requiring drive belt replacement are excessive wear, rib chunk-out, severe glazing, frayed cords or other conditions. Replace any drive belt exhibiting any of these conditions.

NOTE: When installing drive belt on pulley, make sure that all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys.



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Drive Belt, Serpentine—Except SHO
Removal
  1. ani_caut.gif WARNING: USE CAUTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING DRIVE BELT TO MAKE SURE THAT TOOL DOES NOT SLIP FROM DRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER AND DRIVE BELT MAY OCCUR.
    Using a 15 mm socket or wrench on bolt attaching drive belt tensioner pulley, rotate drive belt tensioner clockwise on 3.0L (2V) and 3.0L (2V) FF, rotate the drive belt tensioner counter clockwise on 3.0L (4V) to remove drive belt from pulleys. Make sure spring keeper engages into slot.


    Drive Belt Tensioner—3.0L (4V)


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Installation
  1. Install drive belt over all pulleys (except drive belt tensioner).
  1. Rotate drive belt tensioner as described under the removal procedure and install drive belt over drive belt tensioner pulley. Make sure that all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys. Make sure spring keeper releases or improper belt tension will occur.


    Pulley, Routing—Accessory Drive Belt 3.0L (2V)/3.0L (2V) FF Engine


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    Item Part Number Description 1 10300 Generator 2 6C348 Idler Pulley 3 3A674 Power Steering Pump 4 19703 A/C Compressor 5 6312 Crankshaft Pulley 6 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 7 8501 Water Pump 8 8620 Drive Belt

    Pulley, Routing—Accessory Drive Belt 3.0L (4V)


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    Item Part Number Description 1 3A674 Power Steering Pump 2 8501 Water Pump 3 19703 A/C Compressor 4 8620 Drive Belt 5 6312 Crankshaft Pulley 6 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 7 10300 Generator
3.4L SHO Engine
Removal
  1. Remove the right front wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 04-04.
  1. Remove the inner fender splash shield.
  1. Remove the alternator shield.
  1. ani_caut.gif WARNING: USE CAUTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING DRIVE BELT TO MAKE SURE WRENCH DOES NOT SLIP FROMDRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER AND DRIVE BELT MAY OCCUR.
    Using a 3/8 inch ratchet on the lifting lug, rotate drive belt tensioner counterclockwise (upward) and engage spring keeper. Remove drive belt from drive belt tensioner.
  1. Lower vehicle.
  1. Remove drive belt.
Installation
  1. Install drive belt over all pulleys (except drive belt tensioner ).
  1. Raise vehicle on hoist.
  1. Rotate drive belt tensioner , as described under Removal procedure and install drive belt over drive belt tensioner pulley. Make sure all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys. Make sure the spring keeper is released or improper belt tension will occur.
  1. Install the alternator shield.
  1. Install the inner fender splash shield.
  1. Install the wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 04-04.


    Pulley Routing—Accessory Drive Belt, 3.4L SHO


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    Item Part Number Description 1 3A733 Power Steering Pump Pulley 2 6B217 (RH) Idler Pulley 3 19703 A/C Compressor 4 8620 Drive Belt 5 6312 Crankshaft Pulley 6 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 7 10346 Generator 8 6B217 (LH) Idler Pulley 9 6B217 (Center) Idler Pulley
Drive Belt, Water Pump
Removal
  1. NOTE: If removal of the water pump drive pulley is required, refer to Section 03-03.

    Rotate drive belt tensioner clockwise by hand and remove drive belt from drive belt tensioner .
  1. Remove drive belt from water pump drive pulley and water pump pulley.
Installation
  1. Position drive belt onto water pump drive pulley and water pump pulley.
  1. Rotate drive belt tensioner clockwise by hand and install drive belt over top of drive belt tensioner pulley. Make sure all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys.


    Pulley Routing—Water Pump Drive Belt


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    Item Part Number Description 1 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 2 6A312 Crankshaft Pulley 3 8501 Water Pump 4 8620 Drive Belt

Jun 01, 2009 | 1997 Ford Taurus

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Need to replace belt tensioner pulley


no remove the belt remembering the belt on how it went on remove belt then remove the tensioner usually one bolt and replace tensioner then replace belt the same way it came off

Mar 27, 2009 | 1996 Mercury Sable

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