Serpentine belt replacement please

Tiny
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  • 2002 DODGE STRATUS
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
How do you loosen the tensioner pulley on a 2002 dodge stratus?
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Saturday, April 11th, 2015 AT 6:32 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Here are some guides that will help you get the job done.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-serpentine-belt

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/serpentine-belt-tensioner-replacement

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-serpentine-belt-tensioner-works

Here are some diagrams (Below) to further the help here at 2Carpros

Cheers!
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Monday, April 13th, 2015 AT 9:09 PM
Tiny
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It looks similar, but the tensioner is lower and is bolted to what looks like a small shock absorber.
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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 AT 9:01 AM
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Here is a diagram that will help you replace the serpentine belt.

https://www.2carpros.com/diagrams/dodge/stratus/2002

The 2.4L in the Stratus coupe has one belt for the water pump and alternator and a second belt for the AC and / or power steering. The first one uses a spring-loaded tensioner pulley so no adjustment is needed.

The Stratus sedan has a belt for the AC and alternator, and a second one for the power steering.

For the belts without spring-loaded tensioners, you need a scanner with a microphone attachment, then you pluck the belt. Tension is adjusted until you get the belt to vibrate at the specified frequency, but they don't tell you how to make the adjustments. I know that information is in the paper service manual.

Please let me know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 AT 8:45 PM
Tiny
SUECAKES
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  • 2001 DODGE STRATUS
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I have a Dodge Stratus RT 2001 with a Mitsubishi engine. The serpentine belt fell off and I need a diagram or video to show how to replace it.I think a spring or something may have fell off but am not sure if there is a spring on it or not but it's too loose and wondering what we are doing wrong. There is no diagram under the hood to show how to replace it. Any help would be deeply appreciated. Didn't receive a manual with my car either. Any help we can get, or a place to find a instructions on how to replace the belt would be appreciated. Thanks so much. Debbie Arnold
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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The info below is for a stratus sedan. If you have two different belts, have to remove tension from power steering pump and or alternator.
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JCIAMPI
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  • 1998 DODGE STRATUS
Steering problem
1998 Dodge Stratus 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

I need to know how to get to and change the power steering belt.
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ZACKMAN
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/2000-chrysler-cirrus-power-steering-belt-replacement-vt199538.html

V6 and 4 cylinder have same instruction..
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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How do you loosen the tension pulley?
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Are you trying to replace the belt or the tensioner?
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Just the belt.
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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You will need a wrench or ratchet (based on which your vehicle needs). Look at the tensioner and you will see that it is movable. Using a wrench, move the tensioner away from the belt until it is loose enough to remove.
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_Chrysler_Cirrus_00033286_3.jpg



Raise vehicle and remove passenger side wheel.
Remove splash shield.
Locate power steering pulley (towards the firewall).
On the back side of the pulley towards the timing cover, locate and loosen power steering pivot and lock bolts.
Use 1/2" wrench to loosen the tension.
Remove belt
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ERNEST CLARK
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First you have to remove the power steering belt.

To do this, there are three bolts to loosen:

1. Pivot bolt (at top of pump)

2. (You have to raise the vehicle and remove the tire and wheel/splash shield to get access to these bolts)

Loosen the lock bolt at front/bottom of pump and lock bolt at back/bottom of pump.

3. Then you can slide the pump down to loosen the belt.

Next there's a black idler pulley for the serpentine belt. You loosen the bolt directly in the center. Then on the side of the pulley is a long adjusting bolt. You must loosen this until the pulley releases it's tension on the serpentine belt.

You can install the new belts in reverse order.
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:20 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Thank so much its my daughters car and im layed off you were a great help. 2 thumbs up. I did it with no problems thanks again!
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Friday, December 16th, 2016 AT 3:20 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Three bolts to loosen. First is the pivot bolt from on top. It's just above and forward of the pulley. From underneath, remove the splash shield, then there's a lock bolt just forward of and below the pulley, and one right behind that bolt. Both of those are in slots to allow for adjustment.

There's a 1/2" square hole right above the lock bolt under the pulley to use a 1/2" breaker bar to tighten the new belt.
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