You will need to buy a special tool that allows you to release the tension. It is fairly cheap and you can buy one at your local auto parts store. The one I bought was called a "Serpentine belt tool kit" and cost around $25-$30. Hope this helps.
Ajustment bolt is located at the bottom of power steering pump.
The belt tensioner is rotated clock wise with a 15 mm wrench or belt tool.
One of the pulleys is out of alignment,usually it is the tension pully. Replace it and problem will go away.
You will need to loosen the tensioner pulley on your 1994 Pontiac Grand Am. The old serpentine belt will come loose and can be removed. Put the new serpentine belt on and tighten the tensioner pulley.
Usually it takes a 3/8 or a 1/2 inch rachet on the spring loaded tensioner. simply put the rachet in the square hole and loosen the tension to get the belt off.
15/32 wrech on tensioner at water pump pully pull towards you will releave tension replace fopllowing diagram lots of muscle recomend cheater bar
a spring loaded
Dodge has a repair kit for that problem on a 1996-2000 Check all puleys for alignment. Check belt shield. Check for correct tension.
This belt is tightened by a manual system. The key is to loosen the bolt located on the tensioner pully, then loosen the adjustment bolt located above and to the left of the pully. For the 4.0L, there is an adjustment bolt behind and on the engine side of the power steering pump. It runs diagonally behind the pump and the tension pulley. In order to loosen the tension, the bolt on the tension pulley must be loosened first. This pulley is the one below the power steering pump. Tighten the pulley bolt again once the adjustment has been made.
It might not have been torqued properly.
There should be a place on the tensioner to insert a ratchet wrench or breaker bar without a socket or a "nut" for a socket to fit. Turn the tensioner clockwise or counterclockwise to loosen the tension (some tensioners rotate clockwise and some counterclockwise) and remove the old serpentine belt - NOTE: be sure and note how the belt is routed so you can install the new one in the same routing.
Should have a spring loaded tensioner and no adjustment is necessary unless tensioner is bad It actually has a tension pulley underneath the power steering. Use a 15mm socket to loosen/tighten the bolt right beside the power steering. That is how you adjust the tension on the belt.
You cannot adjust the belt tension on a 2000 dodge grand caravan. This vehicle is equipped with an automatic tensioner. If tensioner is frozen or will not hold the belt tight, it must be replaced.
Rear most and lowest pulley on the serpentine belt.
Fit a new belt tensioner
It is called a 10MM aleen head sockit
Go to www.autozone.com and look under specifications, belt routing. On a 1989 Dodge Grand Caravan, the diagram is on the side of the engine where the S-belt is located.
SHOULD BE ON THE FRONT MOLDING UNDER THE HOOD....WHERE IT SAYS WHAT SIZE ENGINE YOU HAVE
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 removing 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. That's It. Bill 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.
It provides the proper tension on the serpentine belt so as it is not too tight or too loose.
What did unhook or break while you were under the hood ?
If your belt is mounted on the passenger side of the engine, attach a socket and breaker bar to the tensioner pulley bolt and pull the breaker bar towards the front of the vehicle to relieve tension and remove the belt.
there should be an automatic tentioner on the serp. if not look at the alt it will have slotted holes to loosen up
AnswerI found that when I needed to change my belt I also had to change the belt tensionor. I also had to get a special tool from my local parts store that would connect on to the tensionor to loosen the tension which then allowed me to remove the belt. The part was around 10-15 bucks I think. In many cases you can just pry on one of the idlers with a crowbar. Take note of belt routing before it comes off though or make sure you have a diagram.