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Unread 08-14-2006, 10:38 AM   #1
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Cherokee Serpentine Belt Replacement

I have been trying to find information regarding the recommended interval for replacement of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport 6cyl 4wd serpentine belt. It has been 4 years since last replacement. The belt shows signs of cracking on the tooth side, but I'm not experienced enough to know if this is an indicator of need for replacement or if this is usual. Please help.

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Unread 08-14-2006, 11:05 AM   #2
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If it's cracked, replace it. If it would break on you while driving, it wouldn't be a nice sound. It's not that hard to do either. You should replace it with a goodyear gatorback belt. I think they are the best belt out there for the money.
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Unread 08-14-2006, 11:12 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=captain_ruggy]It's not that hard to do either. QUOTE]

speak for yourself! mine is a pita!
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Unread 08-14-2006, 11:17 AM   #4
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its so easy to do on my 98 and the belt is only around like 30 bucks. Just replace it.
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Unread 08-14-2006, 11:28 AM   #5
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It's really not that hard to do. Once you've done it and you know what bolts to loosen and stuff.
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Unread 08-14-2006, 11:33 AM   #6
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No lie I just got done putting in a goodyear gator back belt. Wow. Thats weird but awesome at the same time.

Yea it is really easy to change. Took me all of 20 mins.
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Unread 08-14-2006, 12:24 PM   #7
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yeah I always used the gatorbacks, except for the last one I put on the jeep was a cheap one. it's less then a year old and has cracks in it. It's going to get replaced with a Gatorback very soon.
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Unread 08-14-2006, 01:32 PM   #8
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is there a specific size of gatorback belt? I'm looking to get a new one too.
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Unread 08-14-2006, 03:39 PM   #9
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is there a specific size of gatorback belt? I'm looking to get a new one too.
Just tell the parts house your model year and engine configuration, and they will give you the correct size belt.
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Unread 08-14-2006, 09:53 PM   #10
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man gaderback suck, just stick with OEM, ya its a bit more, but NEVER had any problems with it, no noise
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Unread 08-15-2006, 06:28 AM   #11
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Put a Gatorback in about 3 weeks ago while we had the radiator out. I've been told that small cracks in the ribbed side are OK within certain limitation, but changed it anyway. It was pretty easy, though we had lots of room to work w/the rad and housing out.
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