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Unread 08-17-2007, 01:06 PM   #1
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How to change a serpentine belt on a 1996 Cherokee in 70 steps and get plenty of exer

How to change a serpentine belt on a 1996 Cherokee in 70 steps and get plenty of exercise doing it.

1. Walk out to Jeep, unlock door and open hood.

2. Walk to front of Jeep, raise and prop hood open.

3. Look at the situation.

4. Notice that upper radiator hose is leaking slightly.

5. Walk to shed, get screwdriver.

6. Walk to Jeep, tighten hose clamps.

7. Walk to shed, drop off screwdriver and pick up Chiltons manual and new belt.

8. Walk into house and sit at desk to find and read section on changing serpentine belt.

9. Walk to shed, get 13mm socket and ratchet, as specified in Chiltons manual.

10. Walk to Jeep with tools, new belt and manual.

11. Notice that the label that has the belt routing diagram is missing, so walk to house to get Sharpie.

12. Walk to Jeep and draw sketch of belt route on the metal part above the radiator.

13. Look for power steering pump bolts as shown in Chiltorns manual, especially the adjusting bolt. Do not find the adjusting bolt.

14. Notice that the idler below the power steering pump has an adjustment bolt on it, not shown or referred to in Chiltons manual.

15. Try to put 13mm socket on bolt.

16. Walk to shed and trade 13mm socket for 15mm socket, extension and WD40.

17. Walk to Jeep and spray adjustment bolt behind bracket with WD40.

18. Back off the adjustment bolt, noticing that the idler pulley is not moving.

19. Retighten adjustment bolt.

20. Walk to shed to get 13mm open end wrench to loosen bolt in center of pulley.

21. Walk to Jeep with wrench.

22. Walk to shed to exchange 13mm open end wrench for entire wrench set in handy carrying pouch.

23. Walk to Jeep with pouch of wrenches.

24. Open pouch to find that it skips 15mm.

25. Walk to shed to exchange pouch for 15mm open end wrench.

26. Dig for wrench in other toolbox.

27. Walk to Jeep with 15mm wrench.

28. Try to break bolt in center of idler pulley loose.

29. Walk to shed to look for a pipe or something to use as a cheater bar for leverage.

30. Unbolt handle from floor jack and separate into two sections.

31. Walk to Jeep with the section of handle that will fit over the box end of wrench.

32. Find out that you canít fit the jack handle between the auxiliary fan shroud and the power steering pump pulley so toss jack handle aside.

33. Reef on bolt as hard as you can with short 15mm wrench.

34. Rest.

35. Reef on bolt as hard as you can with short 15mm wrench.

36. Rest

37. Reef on bolt as hard as you can with short 15mm wrench.

38. Loosen bolt two complete turns.

39. Using socket and ratchet, loosen adjustment bolt until belt is loose.

40. Remove old serpentine belt, pinching finger between power steering pump pulley and auxiliary fan shroud in the process.

41. Remove new belt from packaging sleeve and try to untwist it.

42. Untwist it again.

43. Hold old belt and new belt together, notice that old belt seems quite a bit longer than new one.

44. Examine old belt for any markings to indicate part number or size, but donít find any because theyíve all rubbed off long ago.

45. Decide to try to put it on anyway; if it doesnít fit you can always take it off, put the old one back on and drive back to the auto parts store you bought the belt from last year.

46. Try to thread new belt over all pulleys.

47. Wish you had a third hand.

48. Untwist slack part of belt.

49. Go underneath Jeep and put belt over crankshaft pulley.

50. Notice that antifreeze is dripping from front of engine, lower radiator hose and sway bar. More antifreeze than the loose upper radiator hose clamp should have accounted for. Hope your water pump isnít going out.

51. Get up, stand in front of Jeep, untwist slack part of belt again and try to put belt over alternator pulley from the top.

52. Notice that you missed one pulley in your drawing, the one between the A/C compressor and the alternator. It drives the fan.

53. Try to logically deduce which way the fan should turn, because it looks like the belt could take two different paths at this point.

54. Try to pull belt onto the fan pulley.

55. Remove belt from water pump pulley to allow enough slack to put belt on fan pulley.

56. Untwist belt again and put it back on A/C compressor pulley.

57. Hold belt on A/C compressor pulley with one hand while putting belt on fan pulley with the other.

58. Put belt back on alternator pulley again.

59. Put belt back on water pump pulley.

60. Using ratchet and socket, tighten adjusting bolt on idler pulley to tighten belt.

61. Check tension and tighten bolt in center of idler pulley with 15mm wrench.

62. Remove tools and abandoned Chiltons manual from engine bay.

63. Walk around to driverís door and start engine.

64. Walk back to front of Jeep and observe belt.

65. Hold hand behind fan to make sure air flow is correct, hoping you got it right and donít have to reroute the belt.

66. Put old belt into packaging sleeve to keep as spare.

67. Walk back to driverís door and shut off engine.

68. Walk to front, close hood, pick up tools, old belt, jack handle and Chiltons manual.

69. Walk to shed and replace tools and manual. Put old belt in parts box.

70. Decide to put jack handle back together and back on jack later. This will allow you to lose bolts in the meantime.


Total time to replace serpentine belt: 2 hours.

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Unread 08-17-2007, 01:08 PM   #2
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Unread 08-17-2007, 01:28 PM   #3
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oh my....
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Unread 08-17-2007, 01:41 PM   #4
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yea, watch out for those 96's, they have the inferior serpentine belt design which requires 70 steps.
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Unread 08-17-2007, 01:44 PM   #5
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I sure hope you didn't actually walk back and fourth that many times.
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Unread 08-17-2007, 01:49 PM   #6
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Ouch.

I did my belt and changed my alternator in 45minutes last night.....but then again it want leaking coolant. Power steering pump/tensioner looks difficult, but once you loosen the correct 3 bolts and the tensioner bolt on the bottom of the p/s pump its popped right off for me.

Helps to have a beer before you start.....one while changing.....and one for after.
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Unread 08-17-2007, 01:52 PM   #7
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lol. we've all been there. don't care who you are, we all have been there...





great "writeup". will read again when i feel my life isn't going right
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can u go back and take pics for me??

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nice "writeup"
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I was planning on changing my belt in the near future, but i think ill just let it go...
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How to change a serpentine belt on a 1996 Cherokee in 70 steps and get plenty of exercise doing it.

1. Walk out to Jeep, unlock door and open hood.

2. Walk to front of Jeep, raise and prop hood open.

3. Look at the situation.

4. Notice that upper radiator hose is leaking slightly.

5. Walk to shed, get screwdriver.

6. Walk to Jeep, tighten hose clamps.

7. Walk to shed, drop off screwdriver and pick up Chiltons manual and new belt.

8. Walk into house and sit at desk to find and read section on changing serpentine belt.

9. Walk to shed, get 13mm socket and ratchet, as specified in Chiltons manual.

10. Walk to Jeep with tools, new belt and manual.

11. Notice that the label that has the belt routing diagram is missing, so walk to house to get Sharpie.

12. Walk to Jeep and draw sketch of belt route on the metal part above the radiator.

.....
Been there, done that Wasn't any better on my '90 XJ - and the Chiltons manual was sort of

But you forgot one thing that would've made it go a little better: beer. You just can't do a job like this without a few, tasty, ice- cold beers
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Unread 08-17-2007, 02:56 PM   #11
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wow..... only 2 hours?!?! that puts my 3 1/2 hours to shame...... but hey, its done, you didn't pay for labor, and you have that feeling of accomplishment that only comes from screwing up your vehicles yourself.
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Dude I can't believe you remembered all those steps. I can't even remember what I ate for breakfast this morning. Sounds like a fun time...thanks for the story.
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Unread 08-17-2007, 05:47 PM   #13
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That was FUNNY. And most anyone who has ever worked on cars has a story (or more) of this type.

The part about drawing the belt diagram reminds me of the time my son and I changed the water pump on his F-150 w/302 V8. I forgot to draw a diagram of the belt before I took it off. We literally spent 20 minutes trying to figure out the belt routing--almost more time than we had spent actually swapping the water pump!
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Unread 08-17-2007, 06:07 PM   #14
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nice job

I think a roller cabinet tool box would be a nice gift from Santa this Christmas


also when your brain is old like mine it's good to take a digital pic or two first to help getting it back together, LOL
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Unread 08-17-2007, 06:10 PM   #15
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Thanks for the laugh.

First time I changed an XJ belt I broke the adjusting bolt. So I had an additional step of going to the junkyard for replacement bolt.

Changed a belt on my Subaru last night. After working on my various Jeeps over the years I was amazed how simple and rational a project it was. Took less than a dozen steps including opening beer.
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