I need a diagram of the serpentine belt for a 2005 dodge dakota 3.7L 210hp V6 engine. i can't find one in the owners manual or the chilton repair manual. the new belt appears to be too long. when compared to the old belt there the same size. can you please help out with this
Go to http://www.gates.com/part_locator/index.cfm?location_id=3598&go=Interference and fill in the info in the drop down menu: light truck and dodge dakota etc. (this will work for any automobile) after it pulls the info click on the camera next to Serpentine for a pic
Don't just try looking for the 3.7. The 4.7 has the same routing also. I can't get a diagram from my chrysler site but most quick lanes have the books on that and they should be able to talk you thru it.
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Look under your hood. on the hood or sub frame that holds your headlight assembly/grill, you'll see a diagram on how your v belt is put on. If not check a repair manual (haynes or chilton) the first two chapters can tell you how the belt is routed through the pully's. Also take time to find the V-belt Tension pully. using a 3/8's socket wrench (the wrench without a socket), put the square end of the wrench into the opening and pull up or push down and your belt should slip right on.
You don't mention which engine you have in your '92 Dakota, but it's likely the 3.3L and if so, here's the diagram. Even if your engine is not the 3.3L the principals for replacing the belt are the same.
Get a serpentine belt tension release tool (local parts store) and use it to take the tension wheel away from the belt, which will make it loose enough to remove by simply pulling it off one of the pulleys (the alternator will be easiest) and then wiggle it out of the engine bay. The tool should come with a selection of heads for the different variations of tensioner arms/bolts. Once the belt is removed, replacing it is the reverse process.