changing alternator

Old 06-26-02, 03:55 PM
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changing alternator

I am wanting to change the alternator on a 99 Dodge Ram pickup. The last time I did this type of job, the car didn't have the serpentine belts with a tensioner. I don't know how to get this tensioner off, so I can change the alternator -- and if I do get it off, is this something that I can realistically do myself without special tools? (i.e. do I have to somehow set a specific tension on the thing)?
Old 06-26-02, 05:22 PM
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Try for the R&R procedure. That or a service manual will tell you.
Old 06-26-02, 07:15 PM
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Generally the spring loaded tensioners have a spot where a 3/8 or 1/2" drive ratchet or breaker bar can be inserted to release the tension on the belt.

Then just let the tensioner slowly go to its furthest point. When you want to put the belt back on just pry the tensioner again and put the belt on. The spring will tighten the belt and you're on your way.

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