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Unread 03-21-2003, 08:13 AM   #1
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Tightening Serpentine Belt-1999 Sport

Could someone let me know how to tighten the serpentine belt on a 1999 Cherokee Sport 4X4 - 4.0L ? I have a Haynes Manual but the info in this book isnt always correct. Although this manual says its for 1999 model, quite few things in the manual dont apply to my Jeep? ? ? It looks to be a very simple fix- just dont know what to loosen up first. Any help would be much appreciated since the weekend is comming up and Ill have time to adjust the belt.

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Unread 03-21-2003, 03:17 PM   #2
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It is actually easy to do, but a second set of hands may help out...all you need to do is loosen the 2 bolts that mount the power steering pulley, just like th manual says to do..have someone pull the belt tight and keep tension on it..then move the pulley bracket to the proper spot to maintain the tension and quickly tighten the 2 bolts..simple as that..the manual will show you the 2 bolts i am talking about..i think they are called something different.
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Unread 03-21-2003, 03:45 PM   #3
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i think when i replaced the idler/tensioner pully on my 98', there is a screw type tensioner. If i remember correctly that the tensioner screw is by the power steering pump and the idler pully. Place the belt on and the continue to tighten it with the tensioner. Not really sure on how tight it is supposed to be, but i got it tight enough that it doesn't squeak.
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Unread 03-22-2003, 08:04 PM   #4
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Mine "had" the screw tensioner tyoe too. I gues I over tightened it and the bolt broke off... not really sure whats holding it together, but I got it tight enough to stop the belt from squealing, and it hasn't come loose in the past 6 or so months
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