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Question by ELKA
Submitted on 4/24/2004
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Answer by Clemson Fan
Submitted on 4/29/2004
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I just did this on my wife's '98 Voy. SE w/ 3.3L.  The maint. manual is no help.
1. Put the car on a set of ramps and wait overnight for it to cool off.
2. put a long handle box end wrench on the tensioner pulley bolt.  Pull the wrench toward the front of the car to relieve the tension on the belt.  Slide the belt off the idler near the left front of the engine.
3. slowly relax the force on the wrench.
4. Pull down the splash guard under the engine on the belt side.
5. Remove the belt.
6. The tensioner is held on by a nut.  Crawl under the engine.  There is just enough room between the exhaust manifold and the block to get a 15mm socket on it using a couple of extensions.  A universal joint would make it easier.
7. Remove the nut while a helper holds the old tensioner.
8. Install the new tensioner with the locating notch in the hole on the motor bracket.
9. Reinstall the nut while holding the tensioner in place.
10. thread a new belt over the pulleys leaving it off the idler at the front of the engine.
11.  Pull on the tensioner with the long wrench and slip the belt over that last idler pulley. VERIFY belt is on the other pulleys correctly.
12 Reinstall the splash guard.


Answer by JeffPaisley
Submitted on 1/13/2005
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Thanks for the clue about the nut in the back of the old tensioner.  I was go to give up for the rest of the night, but your posting gave me the information needed to compleat the job.
Jeff Paisley


Answer by Josie-neon driver
Submitted on 5/9/2005
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My car used to squeal when idoling and when starting (after not being run for a day or so) My brother says it is the fan belt..and he put soap on it. It still squealed..so I had it tightened..it stopped for a bit..than squealed at the same times...now it doesnt make any noise..what do u think is wrong?


Answer by KenDasey
Submitted on 7/11/2005
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Any reason this might not work for a '94 Dodge Caravan?  Thank you


Answer by Azrilio
Submitted on 8/3/2005
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Was see the wise one will see the first morning sun.


Answer by Lynn
Submitted on 9/17/2005
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My friend changed the tensioner and belt tentioner on my 1996 pontiac grand am GT.  Now my air conditioner will not work. It doesn't blow air, heat, and I cannot hear it running at all. I told him I saw smoke shoot out of the engine after he started the car.  What could be the problem?


Answer by Liana
Submitted on 10/11/2005
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I searched the Internet for almost 2 1/2 hours for this information.  Thank you for taking the time to type this info. up!  My husband and I are so appreciative!


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