Question about Jeep Patriot
I have a 2008 Jeep Patriot and am replacing serpentine belt and can't locate the tensioner to or belt adjuster to allow installation of belt
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Posted on Feb 03, 2009
It is pretty easy if you have a few tools and know how to use them.
1-You need to pry off the trim bezel. There are just snaps holding it on, but be careful you do not pull too hard or scratch it. Use a plastic stick or small srewdriver covered with tape.
2-There will be 4 bolts at each corner of the radio to remove.
3-Pull out the radio and and remove all the connectors and the AM/FM antenna plug.
4-Reconnect your new radio and repeat steps 2 and 1.
I did this same upgrade on my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it worked without the need for a theft code.
Posted on Mar 08, 2009
I had the same problem when trying to replace the serpentine belt on my 2001 Trooper. The Maintenance book was very vague and I couldn't tell exactly how the tension was taken off the belt, but it did clearly identify the tensioner pulley. I first removed the pulley and looked for some kind of slot that would give me the adjustment I needed, but no slotted adjustment is present on the 01 Trooper. I had to do some research so I pulled of the tensioner assembly and found that there is a spring coil which keeps tension on the belt constant, and eliminates any belt alignment problems.
The Litens style tensioner uses a spring to apply pressure towards the serpentine belt. The way to relax the spring is to use your 14mm socket and ratchet and force the pulley down by driving the pulley nut in the clockwise direction. This forces the spring to compress and the pulley to drop giving the needed clearance to get your new belt in place.
Posted on May 09, 2009
You can run down to your local auto parts store and buy a serp belt tool. Or you can take a 3/8 drive ratchet, locate the 3/8 square hole in your tensioner and put the ratchet in the hole. For more leverage I put a deep socket over the ratchet handle and put a long 3/8 extention in the deep socket. This will provide ample leverage and will save buying more tools you do not need. Simply move the tensioner to the direction that takes pressure off of the belt.
Posted on May 24, 2009
Adjustment is made by loosening the power steering pump. There is a transverse long bolt (jack bolt) right under the pump that is used for adjustment.
Posted on Aug 02, 2010
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