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Hi Is it correct that have to take water pump off an power steering pump to enable the change of the belt tensioner on a 99 Crylser town and country? I almost did it today, well it looked straight forward, but I could not get the socket on the nut. It did not look like I had to strip all the bits off to do it, just lack of tools on my behalf. Vic

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NO. It may help to tell what engine you have, but some of these have 1 nut to remove and the tensioner comes off. you have to get it from below and in back of the engine, maybe a 20 minute job.

Posted on May 14, 2010

  • wruffdiamond May 14, 2010

    Hi thx 4 reply. the engine is a 3.8 I could get the 17mm socket on the nut, but could not get the extension on it! I was using full size sockets and wrachet? Is there any specific tools i will need to get? I agree 20 minute job, well matbe 45 for me!! I got the belt back on OK. Was isapointed i did not fix it. Vic

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