1996 Dodge Grand Caravan Removal of Belt Tensioner

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Removing the serpentine belt tensioner from the front of the engine in your 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan may be necessary if the tensioner is no longer keeping the belt tight or if the pulley is making noise. If the belt is loose on the pulleys, it will come off and can become caught in the accessory pulleys, damaging them. Serpentine belt tensioners are available from most auto parts stores or through your Dodge dealer.

Tools Used[edit]

Wrench set
Socket set
Breaker bar

Removal of Belt Tensioner[edit]

  • Remove the retaining bolt on the battery's negative cable end with a wrench. Lift the battery cable off the battery and isolate it from the terminals, ensuring that it cannot fall against the battery while you are working.
  • Locate the serpentine belt tensioner on the front of the engine and place a socket and breaker bar on the axis bolt in the center of the idler pulley. Rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to loosen the belt and slide it off the pulley.
  • Move the socket to the bolt in the center of the tensioner then rotate it counterclockwise with a ratchet. Remove the bolt then slide the tensioner off the front of the engine. Lift the tensioner out of the engine compartment.