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Alternator belt I have an 01 stratus couple 3.0 liter.. My serpentine belt that powers my alternator slipped off.. how can I repair this? links or step by step instructions would be helpful.. i'm sure I can do this myself

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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

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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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  • 2 Follow the serpentine (outer) belt to the three pulleys lined up vertically near the front of the engine compartment. Locate the middle pulley, which is the tension pulley for the belt.
  • 3 Loosen the bolt on the middle pulley with a socket wrench by turning counter-clockwise. Do not remove the bolt, just turn it a couple of times. Loosen the tensioner bolt on the side of the of the pulley, facing the front of the vehicle.
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    Step 1. Pull your car into the garage or your work area. Turn the car off and let it sit for a while to cool.

    Step 2. Begin by disconnecting the negative cable of the battery.

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    1) Engaged parking brake, loosened lugs on passenger front tire.
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