Question about 2001 Dodge Stratus
Under the hood, on the radiator support or on the underside of the hood you'll find a black label with a white belt routing diagram. In order to replace the belt you must back off the tensioning pulley using a ratchet handle with a 3/8" drive spindle. The pulley often has a square slot into which the ratchet handle will fit. If your tensioner does not have this then it will be necessary to provide the correct size socket to fit the center hold-down bolt on the tensioner. The tensioner will only move easily in ONE direction with the tool. Just back the tensioner off enough until you are able to remove the belt from one of the upper pulleys(usually the alternator). Take extra care when relieving the tensioner after removing the belt. The spring is very strong.Before installing the new belt, make sure and turn by hand ALL of the pulleys to check for a seized bearing or a worn bearing. This is generally why the belt came off to begin with. All pulleys should turn smoothely and quietly. Thank you, Dana
Posted on Sep 28, 2009
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