2001 Dodge Intrepid Power steering belt

Tiny
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  • 2001 DODGE INTREPID
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 77,000 MILES
I need instructions on how to replace the power steering belt. This is on the 3.2 engine. I do not see how to release the tension.

I had a fast response which I appreciate but it related to the timing belt. I am asking simply for the power steering belt. The timing belt would obviously be well beyond my skill level. Thanks.
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Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 4:56 PM

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Tiny
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My apologies, I misread your previous question's title. Here are the replacement procedures for the power steering belt.

CAUTION: Your vehicle has an automatic tensioner. Do not let tensioner arm snap back to the free arm position, sever damage may occur to the tensioner.

REMOVAL:

Disconnect negative battery cable from battery.
Rotate belt tensioner counterclockwise until it contacts it's stop.
Remove belt, then slowly rotate the tensioner into the freearm position.

WARNING
When installing the serpentine accessory drive belt, the belt MUST be routed correctly. If not, the engine may overheat due to the water pump rotating in the wrong direction.

INSTALLATION:

Install new belt.
Route the belt around all pulleys except the idler pulley.
Rotate the tensioner arm until it contacts it's stop position.
Route the belt around the idler and slowly let the tensioner rotate into the belt.

WARNING
Make sure the belt is seated onto all pulleys.

ON all engines, the tensioner is equipped with an indexing tang on back of tensioner and an indexing stop on tensioner housing. If a new belt is being installed, tang must be within approximately 6 - 8mm (0.24 - 0.32 in.) Of indexing stop (i.E. Tang is approximately between the two indexing stops). Belt is considered new if it has been used 15 minutes or less.

With the drive belt installed, inspect the belt wear indicator.
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Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 5:04 PM

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