2002 Dodge Stratus • 4 cylinder 2WD Automatic • 113,000 miles

Im replacing the timing belt on a 2002 dodge stratus with dohc, I have all of the pulleys and parts in the correct locations, but for some reason I cant get the actual belt to fit around them. I double checked to make sure I had the correct belt for my vehicle, do you have any pointers or suggestions on how to make the belt fit properly?
June 12, 2011.

I show a chain for the 2.7L in an Intrepid. Don't have the service manual for a Stratus. If you have a belt, look for a hydraulic tensioner and pulley. Most likely that tensioner has to be removed, squeezed in a vise, then there will be a small hole to stick a cotter pin or small nail to hold it retracted while you install it. You can pull that pin out once the belt is installed.

Jun 12, 2011.