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Unread 08-14-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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Serpentine belt replacement

1999 Cherokee Classic.
I can not find the SEARCH THREAD function on this board, so excuse me if this is something that is discussed over and over.
We used to own a '94 Grand Cherokee, and I still have the Service Manual for it, knowing that some things would be the same.....some.

Daughter just bought a '99 Cherokee, to drive back to college (from Chicago to Phoenix)
I just replaced the serpentine belt, and since this rig is not equipped with an automatic tensioner, I did the best I could to tighten it properly. I have torque wrenches, but from reading the manual from the Grand Cherokee, I need a special belt tensioner tool to be able to check that the belt is tightened to 180 - 200 ft pounds.

I have called a few shops and they check it by feel. Since daughter has a 1800 mile road trip this weekend, I dont want to go by "feel".

Can I use a torque wrench, or is it truely a different tool?
If I can use my torque wrench, how to I do so? I would think that the (approx 15mm) adjuster bolt would break off long before I got to 180-200ft lbs.

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Drew in Chicago

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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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You need a Krikit belt tension gauge. for the XJ Cherokee. The spec you saw is probably for the belt, and not for the adjusting bolt. The spec is probably inch/lbs, not foot/lbs.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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Yep, the spec is for the belt. I forget things can be in in/lbs. Thx
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Unread 08-14-2013, 01:18 PM   #4
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I just downloaded the Pacific Coast Manual. It just specifies 180 - 200 lbs. Does not specify inch or foot lbs. I guess the Krikit doesnt work like that, in inches or feet.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 05:20 PM   #5
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IDK, I always do the belt tension by feel.

Whatever the Krikit is calibrated for, it will do the job correctly.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 06:32 AM   #6
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NAPA would have the Krikit tool. I couldn't find the part no., but that is where I got mine. It's around 10-12 bucks IIRC. Really easy to use.
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Unread 08-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #7
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A senior tech at local JEEP dealer checked it out and said I was right on the money. yay me. With wife and daughter driving to Az on sunday, in a rig that was just purchased 6 days ago, I dont want to take any chances on a breakdown. Thx
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