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Changing serpentine belt on a 2004 Wrangler

I searched for the past 30 minutes and came to the conclusion that the tensioner is adjusted automatically on newer Jeeps. So, am I correct in saying that all I have to do is loosen the bolt on the idler pulley and that will loosen the belt enough to come off?

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post #2 of 39 Old 12-28-2005, 12:49 AM
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Correctomundo. Just use a wrench on the spring-loaded automatic belt tensioner as a lever to pivot it away from the belt to relieve the tension.

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So, am I correct in saying that all I have to do is loosen the bolt on the idler pulley and that will loosen the belt enough to come off?
Just to make sure and I am not trying to insult any intelligence... you dont loosen the bolt on the idler pulley, you just turn it and the pulley will turn and pivot away from the belt.
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Thanks much... and a Goodyear belt is a good replacement?

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How do I do the same thing on a '97? Mine is squeeking like crazy.. and where is a good place to get a new belt?

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How do you have a bad belt on an 04? And why isn't it covered by warranty?

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That new of a vehicle I would bet one of the pulleys is bad. Its happened on several of my other past vehicles. It was the idler or tension pulley that was sqeaking, never been a belt.

Id take it in and have it looked at.

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Belts are cheap enough and I'd rather spend the time myself rather than taking it to the dealership right away. Worse comes to worse, I'll put the stock belt back on and take it in.

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Belts are cheap enough and I'd rather spend the time myself rather than taking it to the dealership right away. Worse comes to worse, I'll put the stock belt back on and take it in.
OK, but what I'm trying to say is that if you really have a bad belt on an 04, you have problems other than a belt. A stock belt should last years and years.

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Well the squeak stops with belt dressing... but it only lasts a day.

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It seems that every serpentine belt I have installed cautioned against using belt dressing, though I don't know why.

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You use a 1/2 drive ratchet and stick it in the square hole on the auto tensioner. Turn the ratchet and it will loosen up the belt so you can slip it off. Route the new belt around use the ratchet to loosen the tensioner and slip it back on.

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Sounds like you possibly have a misaligned pulley or bad idler pully. Fix the problem, not the symptom.

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Sounds like you possibly have a misaligned pulley or bad idler pully. Fix the problem, not the symptom.
Is it easy to replace the idler pulley myself? It sounds like it's coming from that area.

Btw, I already have the belt off but I don't want to completely take out the bolt on the idler pulley.

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Is it easy to replace the idler pulley myself? It sounds like it's coming from that area.

Btw, I already have the belt off but I don't want to completely take out the bolt on the idler pulley.
Should be a peice of cake. But I would let DC eat the cost IMO.

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