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2000 jeep grand cherokee 4.0 liter engine timing belt replacement

Remove and replace the timing belt on a 2000 jeep grand cherokee 4.0 liter I-6 engine

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  • luckynjoe Apr 05, 2009

    Good intention, wrong word by me. I want to change the serpentine belt on a 2000 Grand Cherokee, I-6 engine. Facing the car from the front there appears to be a spring loaded tension pulley on the passenger side of the engine at about 10:00. I've changed these belts on other cars I've owned, and own a long handled wrench built for this purpose but cannot figure out how to release the tension arm/pulley. Your help would be appreciated.
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  • luckynjoe Apr 05, 2009

    I looked, you're right! Why would Chrysler want to make this easy? thanks,
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  • luckynjoe Apr 06, 2009

    rating completed, after looking it over, you're 100% correct. can't get better than that.
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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    One minor do not have a timing belt...your engine has a timing chain....Are you looking to change the drivebelt (serpentine belt) or do you need to replace the chain???

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    2000 jeep grand cherokee engine turns over wont start when engine is hot

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    3.4 liter engine



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If you have the same pulley arrangement that most 4.0 engines have that pulley is an idler not a tensioner. Your power steering pump has a pivot bolt, and a slide under the pump. You adjust belt tension using the pump.

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  • Richard Scordino Apr 05, 2009

    Sorry I didn't answer faster but was watching Earnhardt figure out new ways to go backwards!!! Don't tell anyone it's easy or the engineers will find a way to make that go away!!!
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