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Serpentine belt replacement

How tight to put the center bolt after replacing the serpentine belt on a 1998 dodge grand caravan?

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The grand caravan should have a diagram showing the proper placement for the serpentine appropriate to your engine. There is usually a sticker showing the belt placement and travel direction on the front most engine cover (plastic splash shield over the radiator). You will likely require a special tool to loosen the tensioner so that you may easily replace the belt. Do not attempt to do this without the appropriate diagram and path.

If the belt is still making noise or slipping you can purchase an upgrade belt which has traction grooves on both sides, this is a commonly needed solution for the grand caravans.

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What engine do you have? The 3.3 and 3.8 engines have a single serpentine belt, and a belt tensioner, so no adjustment is needed. Did you replace the tensioner, and want to know how much to torque it? countrycurt0

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