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How do you change the serpentine belt on a 2002 Dodge Caravan se 3.3L?
There is a spring loaded tensoner pulley that you need to move (wrench or socket) to release the pressure on the belt . Then you can easily remove it . Replace the same way ...there should be a decal under the hood showing the correct installation
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Pull upon the belt and it will show you which way the idler pulley has to go to relieve pressure on the belt. Then pry it with a 15 mm wrench to relieve pressure and there sh…ould be a schematic under the hood to tell you how to route the belt. If it isn't there draw a schematic before you take the belt off. Don't rely on memory. I put a ratcheting cargo strap on the 15mm wrench and secured the other end so as to pull the tensioner enough to easily slip the belt into place with both hands.
A WORD OF WARNING This is more complex than can be reasonably answered in a forum like this. Hard to believe, but there are SOME things for which the old public …library is still superior to the web! Most libraries will have a Chilton's manual for these cars, or something like it, that will take you through the process step by step, with photos. A SERIOUS WORD OF CAUTION: I live in Columbus Ohio. Last weekend (3/23/06), a local man was working on the brakes of his 1996 Taurus. Apparently he thought he was done, took a test drive, the brakes failed, he went into a pond at his apartment complex, and he died. You will have between $35 and $65 in costs for shoes and pads each for the front and rear of your car. You could probably have the work done professionally for under $100 per axle. I am sure that the poor man's family wished he had done so. Think twice before proceeding!
Remove the wiring harness from your 1999 Dodge Caravan alternator.Remove the alternator belt. Remove the alternator retaining bolts.Reverse the process to install the new alte…rnator.
What you need is a ratchet 15mm socket. Losen the idler then slide off the serpentine belt off. There should be a diagram for routing the belt if not draw a diagram before rem…oving it. Replace the serpentine belt crank it 2 or 3 times but don't start the engine. The 4th time start the engine this time the as the engine is idling eyeball the belt agaisnt the tensioner idler and crank pulley make sure the serpentine is algined. A Note: Make sure that you have identified the tensioner pulley as apposed to the idler pulley. With the 15mm socket on the tensioner pulley's bolt, rotate it clockwise and this will release the tension on the belt, or in the case of installing a new serpentine belt, allow you to get it where it belongs. This is the case on my 1997 Dodge Caravan, and probably other year makes. Best of luck- Bryan 1993 Dodge Grand Caravan: Rotating the tensioner pulley's bolt clockwise was the way to replace my belt. By the way, the tensioner pulley in my van was one of the smaller ones in the middle of the whole system, attached to a silver arm coming off the tensioner. Good luck...
It is more involved that most vehicles. Just finished doing this on my 2002 Stratus 2.4L. You pretty much have to remove the passenger tire and wheel wall to do it, but I was …able to do it myself and am not a mechanic. Note: I offer this solely as a description of how I accomplished it on my own. It should not be taken as me advising you or anyone in any way on how or whether they manage to repair their own vehicles. 1) Engaged parking brake, loosened lugs on passenger front tire. 2) Jacked-up and placed jack-stand. 3) Removed piece of black under-carriage which surrounds the oil filter and attaches to front bumper. There are at least 10 plastic push-pins to remove and I managed to destroy half of them in the process. 4) Positoned belt over lower pulleys and tensioner (as best as possible) then used a bungee to hold the top end of belt up while I worked under the car. 5) Used a 3/8 ratchet and inserted into square hole attached to the tensioner, disengaged the tensioner (moves clockwise) then used a brace to keep the ratchet handle in that position. (Or line up the holes in the tensioner arm and back late and insert a 4mm drill bit to hold the tensioner off) 6) From top, removed bungee and finished placing belt over alternator, checked the position of entire belt, reengaged the tensioner, and replaced wall and wheel.
go to http://www.mvreader.com/multiview/dayco/index.php?autoCatalogSearch=0&catalog=auto&l=n&year=1998&year_from=1998&year_to=1998&make=DODGE&model=GRAND+CARAVAN http://www.mv…reader.com/multiview/dayco/index.php?catalog=auto&l=n
Sears Hardware sells a nice tool which you can use to rotate the belt tensioner. It is essentially a long socket wrench with several shallow adaptors. I presume you should be …able to get something similar at any auto parts store. If you don't have a copy of the Haynes Repair Manual, I recommend getting it. It has a nice diagram of the belt layout. Regarding the belt, when mine slipped off, I replaced the tensioner and belt, but it kept slipping off. I bought a Gates Serpentine Belt Drive Component Kit and it never happened again. Amazon sells it. Changing the tensioner is tough. The nut holding it in can be reached from below.
Answer Usually right there under the hood. If not, get a motor manual for same vehicle.
Answer First, you'll need a container that will allow you to transport and properly dispose of the old oil. You will need a new filter, a filter wrench to remove… the old filter, and the proper size wrench for the oil drain plug. You will also need 2 car ramps and a hard, level surface to work on. Drive up on the ramps, and secure the parking brake and chock the rear wheels to make sure the car doesn't roll off while you're working. Locate th oil drain plug on the oil pan, usually at the rear of the pan and place your oil receptacle underneath. Remove the drain plug and allow the oil to drain out. When it's done, reinstall the plug and be careful not to overtighten it. Now locate the filter. On the Caravan, it's usually on the front side of the block. Using the filter wrench, remove the old filter, and make sure the sealing gasket is not stuck to the engine. Double gaskets are a common mistake, and will allow all the new oil to immediately leak out when the engine is restarted. Lightly coat the seal on the new oil filter with fresh motor oil and install hand tight. Now fill with the correct amount of oil for your particular engine, drive off the ramps and shut the car down. Wait a few minutes and verify the oil is at the correct level and there are no leaks. Be sure to dispose of the old oil safely. It is considered hazardous waste. OR Look in your Sunday paper for a discount coupon for oil changes...there are several in my area for under $20 and that's worth it for me to avoid the hassle of all that work!
Study the belt diagram and also the way the old belt was put on, use a socket (16mm usually) and a breaker bar to pull the tensioner pulley down, releasing tension on the belt… causing it to be able to slip right off. Slide the old belt off and weave the new belt in to place while still holding the tensioner down. When it place put the tension back on the pulley by moving the breaker bar the opposite way you pulled it to release tension, causing the pulley back in to place and making the belt fit tightly. Start the vehicle and make sure it stays in place and functions properly.
Do you have to replace the head bolts on a 2002 dodge caravan 3.3L engine when changing headgaskets?
Not unless they have stretched.
There should be a diagram under the hood for that year.
In Chevy Malibu
First raise vehicle be sure to use jack stands to support vehicle if a hoist isn't available!!Remove right front splash shield (passenger side). BEFORE you release tension on …the belt by rotating the tensioner clockwise( look at the belt routing) Write it down.Example:Start at tensioner,belt goes over the top, then under the crank pulley,over top water pump,over the top of a/c compressor ,under the idler pulley,over alternator and then under the power steering pump and you have made the installation.
A 3.3L has a timing chain that does not have a maintenance interval.