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Can I replace the serpentine belt tensioneer myself? I have a 1996 Dodge Ram 3500

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Yes you can. I've done it on my 2001 ram 2500

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  • abstlc Dec 24, 2010

    yes, need a breaker bar, or 3/8 extention bar,, put on tentioner, spring it back, pull belt off,, replace tentioner(one bolt, may be reversed thread cant remember..) put belt back on,, check the stationary pully,, may need replaced also,, cchange belt also,, while your there,, daigram of belt is on crossmember by rad

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