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How do I change the belts on a plymouth voyager? The tensioner seems to confuse me, is it a bolt tightening system instead of a spring loaded tensioner?

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Most tensioners like yours have a square hole in it to put a racket or breaker bar into to put the needed tension against the belt while you tighten the bolt. Usually you should have one inch of play in the belt at its widest span between two pulley areas. Push down on belt then pull up on belt in the middle of the belt span, and allow the one inch from the top to bottom of where you were pushing on the belt.

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  1. Remove the Timing Belt 3.0 V6
    • Place the Voyager's engine in the TDC no. 1 position for cylinder firing in order to get proper alignment. Disconnect the negative cable on the battery.
    • 2Take off the accessory drive belts, and take out engine mount insulator, located in the engine support bracket. Detach the engine support bracket and take off the torsional damper and crankshaft pulleys. This ensures easier access to the timing belt.

    • 3. Locate the 2- to 3-inch wide timing belt in the front of the engine. Remove the cover of the timing belt.
    • 4Mark the course of rotation on the belt as a reference if you plan to reinstall it. Slacken the timing belt torsioner bolt and take off the timing belt. Detach the timing belt torsioner if needed.
    • 5Remove the crankshaft sprocket and the flange shield of the crankshaft sprocket. Secure the camshaft sprocket using a spanner tool MB990775, or something similar, and take off the bolt and washer to the camshaft sprocket.
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    • 6Use the retaining washer and bolt to fit the camshaft sprocket onto the camshaft. Utilize the spanner tool MB990775 and tighten the bolt. Mount the crankshaft sprocket and put on the timing belt torsioner and tensioner spring if it was removed. Hook the higher end of the spring to the water pump pin and bottom end to the tensioner bracket with the hook facing out.
    • 7Rotate the timing belt tensioner in a counterclockwise turn and tighten the bolt to momentarily hold it in place. Turn the crankshaft sprocket until the timing mark lines up with the timing mark on the oil pump timing mark. Revolve the back camshaft sprocket so that its timing mark lines up with the generator bracket timing mark. Turn the radiator side camshaft sprocket so that the mark aligns with the inner timing belt cover mark.
    • 8Connect the timing belt onto the Voyager's crankshaft sprocket, keeping the belt tight on the side of tension. Install the belt in the same rotational direction if using the original timing belt. Put the timing belt on the radiator side of the camshaft sprocket, and place the belt underneath the water pump pulley first, and follow that by putting it over the back camshaft sprocket and the tensioner.
    • 9Create tension on the side of the timing belt and correctly line up all timing marks. Put the crankshaft sprocket flange into place and loosen the tensioner bolt to allow the tensioner spring to put tension on the belt. Turn the crankshaft two clockwise turns. Line up the timing marks and tighten the tensioner bolt. Put on the timing belt cover and engine support bracket.
    • 10Put the engine mount insulator, crankshaft pulleys and torsional damper into place. Mount the accessory drive belts, connect the negative battery cable and check that the engine runs properly.

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How do you remove the belt tensioner on a 1996 plymouth voyager 3.3L? Have already removed the belt.


A tensioner pulley is used to maintain proper belt tension. Some belt tensioners are locked in place with a bolt or nut after correct adjustment has been made. Other designs use spring tension to automatically tension the belt. Advice: Too much tension will cause a strain on any bearings involved. Not enough tension can lead to slippage or belts jumping off. Tensioner pulley bearings are of the sealed type and can not be serviced. Check to make sure that there is no wobble or play in the bearing and that it turns smoothly. If any play or roughness is found, the tensioner pulley should be replaced. If spring tension is being used, ensure the integrity of the spring

To re;move the pulley you'll need a 'breaker bar' or a long socket wrench. Just slip the correct socket over the bolt and unloosen it. If your Voyager was built in Canada, the nuts and bolts are usually metric. Make certain that you're using the correct size so as not to strip the bolt. It's a pain because of the lack of room. Just take it slow and easy.


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How do i change serpentine belt ply voy

There are two pulleys that have no ribs on most Voyager engines from at least 91 thru 2003. One, the idler pulley is stationary. The other, The tensioner pulley is mounted to a spring loaded arm and in intended to keep the belt properly tightened. The tensioner pulley is attached to its arm with a 15 mm bolt. The tensioner assembly is rotated toward the front of the vehicle by putting a 15 mm box end wrench on that bolt and turning it clockwise as if you were trying to tighten the bolt. The belt will loosen which will allow the belt to be removed. There is, or should be a belt routing guide mounted under the hood. Use that guide to install the new belt. Here's the trick. With the belt installed on all of the pulleys except the tensioner, position the belt against the pulley as if to slide it on, THEN put the wrench on its bolt, pull forward until the belt slip over the pulley and then let the tensioner rotate counter clockwise until the belt is tight. BE CAREFUL: the grooves in the belt must be in the correct grooves in the pulleys that have grooves. Check them twice from the top and the bottom. Good luck!

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How to tighten the tension pulley on a 95 voyager?

tension pully, automatically tightens itself
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Belt is extremely loose. how do I tighten it?

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Oct 23, 2009 | 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager

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Belt tighten how to alternator

The serpentine belt is tensioned by a spring loaded tensioner. When it starts to stick in one position, you get the loose belt issue. You have to replace the tensioner. It is easier to change the tensioner if you can get the van up high as if it were on a lift and work from below.

Sep 30, 2009 | 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager

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Is the belt adjuster automatic or do you have to loosen it and tighten it - 3 L engine

Hello smith927: My name is Roger and I will answer your question. The belt adjustment on your 1998 Voyager is done automatically. The belt tensioner is spring loaded and tightens to a preset load.please rate the answer as this lets us know you received the information you wanted. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger

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It is really difficult to put the serpentine belt on. I know the tension strength is way too much. Can I change the tension strength on the pulley?1996 Plymouth Voyager

There will be a flat pulley, mounted to a spring loaded arm, that you need to rotate in order to install the belt. The spring tension will be pretty high, and you will need to use a lever bar and socket to lever against the spring to get the belt on. The flat roller will then tension against the belt as you release the lever bar spring load.

Feb 01, 2009 | 1998 Plymouth Voyager

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What tools do I need to remove both engine belts from my wife's 2004 I need ome special tensioner tool to move the tensioner the other belt is a regular v belt and it goes around the...

2.7L & 3.5L Engines same Tools & Procedure Rate Me Please 1/2 in. breaker bar & Special Tool 7198 for conventional V-belts and Poly-V belts

    NOTE: The A/C drive belt self tensioner is NOT a dynamic tensioner. After adjustment the tensioner bracket bolts are tightened. The torsion spring is no longer responsible for tensioning the A/C belt. The torsion spring is only used for initial belt tensioning.
    1. Remove generator/power steering belt to gain access to A/C belt. Refer to GENERATOR/POWER STEERING BELT for procedure.

    1. Loosen BUT DO NOT REMOVE tensioner locking bolt and pivot bolt (Fig. 2).
    2. Insert 1/2" drive breaker bar into square opening on belt tensioner. Rotate tensioner counterclockwise until belt can be removed from pulleys (Fig. 2).
    3. Slowly rotate tensioner clockwise to relieve spring load.
    Clean all foreign debris from belt pulley grooves. The belt pulleys must be free of oil, grease, and coolants before installing the drive belt.

    Belt replacement under any or all of the following conditions is required:
    • Excessive wear
    • Frayed cords
    • Severe glazing
  • Poly-V Belt system may develop minor cracks across the ribbed side (due to reverse bending). These minor cracks are considered normal and acceptable. Parallel cracks are not (Fig. 3).

    Do not use any type of belt dressing or restorer on Poly-V Belts. INSTALLATION


NOTE: Verify that torsion spring position is in the new belt position before installing a NEW belt (Fig. 4). If torsion spring is not in the new belt position, follow steps 1-7 to change the tensioner spring from the USED belt position to the NEW belt position.
  1. Insert a 1/2" drive breaker bar into the square opening on the tensioner. Hold counterclockwise pressure on tensioner while removing the locking bolt (Fig. 2).
  2. Carefully release spring load of the torsion spring on the tensioner.
  3. Remove pivot bolt, tensioner, and spring from front timing cover.
  4. Insert spring arm into the NEW belt position on the tensioner (Fig. 4).
  5. Install torsion spring, tensioner, and pivot bolt.
  6. Install pivot bolt. Tighten only finger tight, at this time.
  7. Using a 1/2" drive breaker bar, apply counterclockwise pressure until locking bolt can be installed.
    1. Install the NEW belt by rotating the tensioner counterclockwise until the NEW belt can be installed on pulleys. See (Fig. 5) for belt routing.
    2. Release tensioner and remove breaker bar. Belt is automatically adjusted with the tensioner's torsion spring.
    3. Tighten tensioner locking bolt and pivot bolt to 28 Nm (250 in. lbs.) (Fig. 2).
    4. Install generator/power steering belt.

    NOTE: A "used belt" is considered having more than 500 miles of service use. NOTE: Perform steps 1-7 to change the tensioner spring from the NEW belt position, to the USED belt position.
    1. Insert a 1/2" drive breaker bar into the square opening on tensioner. Hold counterclockwise pressure on tensioner, while removing tensioner locking bolt (Fig. 2).
    2. Carefully release the tension of spring on tensioner.
    3. Remove pivot bolt, tensioner, and spring from front cover.
    4. Insert spring into the USED belt position on tensioner bracket (Fig. 4).
    5. Install spring, tensioner bracket, and pivot bolt.
    6. Install pivot bolt. Tighten only finger tight, at this time.
    7. Using a 1/2" drive breaker bar, apply counterclockwise pressure until locking bolt can be installed.
    8. Install the USED belt by rotating tensioner counterclockwise until belt can be installed on pulleys. See (Fig. 5) for belt routing.
    9. Release tensioner and remove breaker bar. Belt is automatically adjusted with the tensioner's torsion spring.
    10. Tighten tensioner locking bolt and pivot bolt to 28 Nm (250 in. lbs.) (Fig. 2).
    11. Install generator/power steering belt.
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