1997 grand caravan


Old 10-06-04, 02:12 PM
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1997 grand caravan

How difficult is it to change the serpentine belt on this van at home? Would I need any special tools?
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Old 10-06-04, 02:35 PM
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it is not to diffacult to do just make sure of your belt routing before you take it off if you are unsure draw a picture of it
tere is a speciac tool to use but you can get away with a 15 mm wrwnch or rachet and short socket
Old 10-07-04, 03:52 AM
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Thanks auto doc.

Thanks auto doc.
I will give it a go then. You may here back from me in a couple days.
Old 10-08-04, 04:37 AM
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Do yourself a favor and spring for the extra $ to replace the tensioner and idler pulleys. Nothing worse than replacing the serpentine and two weeks later have a pulley or pulley bearing fail and take your nice new belt along with it.
Old 10-08-04, 09:07 AM
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Thanks for the tip.
are the tensioner and ldeler pullys difficult to change. And are they expensive
Old 10-08-04, 11:37 AM
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The idler pulley itself is pretty simple to get at and take care of but, the tensioner is a real bear! I do A bunch of these tensioner and I always have to be underneath the vehicle! There is a single 15mm nut that holds it on on the back of the cover, I always use an extension, (about 12") and a 15mm swivel socket! But like I said that is from underneath the vehicle (lifted on a hoist) I am pretty sure it is going to be a real bear from up top!

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