Question about 1997 Dodge Stratus
I replaced the water pump on a 97 Dodge Stratus 2.4l recently, but had a lot of difficulty with the timing belt automatic tensioner. Further I've found very little information online about it, the design, how it works, etc. I thought I had it finally right but after a test drive it had slipped past the spring loaded tightest point and over to the stop. It seems to me I must have something in the wrong spot before I tighten down the bolt, but I haven't figured out how to reposition the stop so it will not allow it to move past the highest tension.
Hi Mountean, I'm glad to help. If you are referring to the hydraulic tensioner then here's how to reset the tensioner before installing. first, on the end of the tension you'll notice a hole, as well as on the pin coming out of the tensioner. These two holes are to hole the tensioner in the locked position. Here's how to set it, put the tensioner in a vise and press it until both of the holes line-up, then you'll need a lock pin to hold it. You push this pin through both holes to lock it. Then you put it on the engine and tighten it down with all your timing in place, then pull the pin out and it will tension your belt properly. Hope this helps and have an awesome day Mountean.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The belt tensioner is not adjustable. To loosen a tensioner you would swivel the belt tensioner away from the belt with a long flex wrench or ratchet and to tighten the belt you would let the spring in the tensioner move the swivel back into the tight position. An internal spring tightens the tensioner pulley against the belt. You will need to get a smaller belt or replace the tensioner if the belt is "too loose" after you swivel it back into the tight position against the belt and release pressure.
Posted on Oct 19, 2012
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