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Serpentine belt So my car has been squealing for months and I was told it was my serpentine belt so when I went to auto part store they gave me 2 belts and they both say serpentine belt on them one is just longer then the other..they said I had to use both so im wondering if anyone could please give me some step by step advice here on how to change these belts..please and thank you

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Well first off take a socket breaker bar either 3/8 drive or 1/2 in drive ,locate the idler pulley its spring loaded and it should have a square cut out between the pulley and where its bolted into the engine , either push or pull on the breaker socket bar to the limit where it moves allowing the serpentine belt become loose or have someone assist you while you remove the belt of the tensioner pulley . word to the wise draw the pulleys as to how the belt fits this way you can reinstall it the way it was and as for the 2nd belt that one will have to be removed by locating the either smog pump that may have to be loosenedfor the inner belt goes on . what liter size engine does your car have and ill be able to assist in a much better way , ill e-mail you a photo copy . if this will help you perform you task .

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basically its easy......only a couple steps.....might want a helping hand......first to make it easy they make a tool that gets in hard to reach where the belt tensioner usually is.....its called crow foot set that ive seen n used....all you do is get the right sized crow foot and put it on the tensioner and release the tension from the belt by pulling toward you (if your on the same side of the truck) then slip the belt off (2nd hands are very helpful here) n slip the new one on......IMPORTANT!!!! MAKE SURE THE RIBS ON THE BELT MATCHES UP PERFECTLY WITH THE PULLIES...CHECK EVERY PULLY TO MAKE SURE THE BELTS NOT HANGIN OFF......let go of the crow foot slowly so u know it seats on the pullies. tell everyone to stand back and startr up

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SOURCE: replacing serpentine belt 2002 dodge stratus

Did this on my 2002 Stratus 2.4L. I agree with other poster, you do have to remove the passenger tire and wheel wall to do it, but the tensioner travels clockwise.
Note: I offer this solely as a description of how I accomplished the task on my vehicle. It should not be taken as me advising anyone else in any way on how or whether they manage to repair their own vehicles.

1) Engaged parking brake, loosened lugs on passenger front tire.
2) Jacked-up and placed jack-stand.
3) Removed piece of black under-carriage which surrounds the oil filter and attaches to front bumper. There are at least 10 plastic push-pins to remove and I managed to destroy half of them in the process.
4) Positoned belt over lower pulleys and tensioner (as best as possible) then used a bungee to hold the top end of belt up while I worked under the car.
5) Used a 3/8 ratchet and inserted into square hole attached to the tensioner, disengaged the tensioner (moves clockwise) then used a brace to keep the ratchet handle in that position.
6) From top, removed bungee and finished placing belt over alternator, checked the position of entire belt, reengaged the tensioner, and replaced wall and wheel.

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