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Unread 07-23-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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97 belt

I just got back into jeeps and bought a 97 that was in somewhat rough condition. I'm tackling things as I can and I have now run across a problem I need some help with. The jeep currently has a belt on it that bypasses the ac compressor. It was sold as a non ac jeep. Not a factor really but I wanted to see if I could just throw a new belt in there and troubleshoot and possibly see if the air works. I bought what I believe to be the appropriate sized belt but there is no way this thing is going in there. Its just too small. Is there a difference if this is an aftermarket ac system? Would that require a different sized belt? I bought a 91" belt. 97 wrangler SE 4 cyl with power steering. Thanks and let me know if I left out pertinent info.

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Unread 07-25-2013, 04:20 AM   #2
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Even though its aftermarket it should be okay if you got a belt for a TJ with AC. Is the adjuster pulley adjusted way too far? Sounds like somebody has been in there jimmying things around so expect surprises. I wonder why they have the AC bypassed after going through all the trouble and expense of putting it in? Is everything there, or just the compressor?

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Unread 07-25-2013, 07:08 AM   #3
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Possibly the wrong belt or incorrect belt routing.
The belt routing should like like this for your Jeep.

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Unread 07-25-2013, 07:57 AM   #4
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I've had the problem of the parts store having the wrong size listed for my 99...
You might need the 92.2" belt?
(I'll double check the size on mine later today)

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Unread 07-26-2013, 05:08 PM   #5
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Here's my belts part #
6pk2345 923k6

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Unread 07-30-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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I will try the larger belt and see. I'm not 100% sure it's an aftermarket, but the controls don't look like any I've seen. It has the compressor and the 134 charging ports.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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Remember 97s did have the sliders IIRC.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 02:41 PM   #8
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Remember 97s did have the sliders IIRC.
Sliders?

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Unread 07-30-2013, 02:50 PM   #9
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What's a slider?
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Unread 07-30-2013, 02:54 PM   #10
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Wait. Im guessing you mean for the controls. I thought you meant the belt. Yes that is what I have. Just two slides with only one position marked as a snowflake. No ac button.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 09:13 PM   #11
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Okay so 92.3" doesn't work either. It's routed the same as the diagram. Soo..... I guess I will take it to the auto parts store and just change belts till I find the right one. I just can't figure out why it would be an odd size.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 09:22 PM   #12
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Do you have the tensioner pulley loose enough to get the belt on?

Do you have the original belt to get a measurement from?

Maybe some pics would help...

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Unread 07-30-2013, 09:27 PM   #13
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The tensioner is loose. I have loosened it to the point that if the belt did go on It would barely touch the belt. I will try pictures tomorrow when it's daylight. Thanks for the help.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 08:29 PM   #14
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94" belt Is the winner. No rhyme or reason but it fit perfectly.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 08:32 PM   #15
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94" belt Is the winner. No rhyme or reason but it fit perfectly.
That's odd, glad you got it figured out

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