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post #1 of 21 Old 01-22-2006, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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How do I get my serpentine belt off? 4.0L

usually they have a spring loaded idler pulley, didn't see one that looked springloaded?


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post #2 of 21 Old 01-22-2006, 03:36 PM
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On my '97, there is no spring loaded pulley. I believe that there is just an adjustment bolt near the power steering pump.

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Gota loosen the power steering pump to get the belt off..

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Gota loosen the power steering pump to get the belt off..
Yup, bolts on front and rear of the pump. There is a jamnut and threaded rod under the pump you turn after the pump bolts are loosened. It will move the pump in and out. Sometimes the pump needs a little assistance to move as you're backing off the threaded rod.
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If it's the one I'm thinking of, don't miss the 2nd bolt on the back of the pump- it's lower and harder to see.

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There are five bolts/nuts that need attention. Loosen the two mounting bolts on the rear of the PS pump (top & bottom). One bolt in the front (top) & one nut in the front (bottom). Only then can the long adjusting/tension bolt be turned to remove the slack of the belt. Even with these bolts loose, the pump may need some physical handling in order for it to move.

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Thanks guys, I was afraid of that.... But no big deal, geese... I would think they would have broke into the 80's on this by now.

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I think if I keep this jeep long enough to replace the engine Im going to retrofit the newer style belt tensioner.. Cant be that hard..

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Be glad the tensioner is so easy. I've changed serpentine belts with tensioner pulleys that have taken two guys and a crowbar.

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Or like some GM passenger vehicles like the Park Avenue and Bonneville where a motor mount has to be undone as well.

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There are five bolts/nuts that need attention. Loosen the two mounting bolts on the rear of the PS pump (top & bottom). One bolt in the front (top) & one nut in the front (bottom). Only then can the long adjusting/tension bolt be turned to remove the slack of the belt. Even with these bolts loose, the pump may need some physical handling in order for it to move.
Just loosen the PS pulley bolt and then the long bolt on the back

You don't even need to go to all that trouble to get the belt off. Just slide the belt off of the idler pulley so you can get some slack.
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Always there is some combination of pivots and slots on the mounting bracket(s). At least on the 1993 to 1995 4.0 L engines there is one upper pivot and three other slots. Only if all four of these bolts are loose, will the power steering tensioner actually work. Mine has no idler pulley tensioner. Just two idlers with thru bolts mounting them onto the block. Some have idler-tensioner pulleys.

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Thank you, Thank you, to ALL of you fine folks that get on here and take the time to help out us mere mortals with our Jeep probs. Absolutely had to loosen PS pump to replace serpentine belt on our 95 Jeep GCL. The 411 provided by all of you was and is immeasurable as it has literally saved my family lots'o $$$$. Seriously!!! You guys and gals (I suppose there are some women on here...I am one) have taught me how to properly clean heater hoses so as to have heat in the winter months (worked like a charm!), fix my back hatch (exactly the way you said it would!). And, now, because of this thread, my husband (that is a musician) is confidant that he can replace the serpentine belt. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! Thank you, Thank you, from the bottom of my heart....

QUOTE=greasefingers;1793783]Always there is some combination of pivots and slots on the mounting bracket(s). At least on the 1993 to 1995 4.0 L engines there is one upper pivot and three other slots. Only if all four of these bolts are loose, will the power steering tensioner actually work. Mine has no idler pulley tensioner. Just two idlers with thru bolts mounting them onto the block. Some have idler-tensioner pulleys.[/QUOTE]
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shoulda had a v8, they have automatic spring loaded tensioners

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