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Question by  Tomg (129)

How do I tighten the belts on my Dodge Durango so that I will not have additional problems

I have a 2005 Dodge Durango and one of the belts appears to be loose. I want to find out how to adjust this belt and tighten it to prevent further problems.


Answer by  bikerbojo (282)

You will need a service manual like Clymers or Haynes to determine the correct belt tension. Remoe the effected bolt and clean the threads with a wire brush. Use compressed air to clean bolt hole and check threads to make sure bolt wasn't stripped. Use a couple of drops of Blue Locktite on the bolt and reinstall to proper torque.


Answer by  TravisUSMC (979)

You want about 1 inch of play both ways. To tighten one loosen the bolt and nut, use a prybar to tension it, then tighten the bolt and nut.


Answer by  jimbob11 (195)

Most newer vehicles have serpentine belts that do not need adjusting. If your belt is loose, the tensioner could be bad or your belt needs replacing. You may also have belt that is mechanically tensioned--these usually have a tensioner that can be adjusted by tightenting a bolt.

posted by Anonymous
Jimbob has the right answer. I have a 2004 Durango and he's right in the first case. -The tensioner is automatic and is replaced if it is out of spec.  add a comment

Answer by  cubanchick (188)

If the belts are squeaking as a result of being loose, then you might need to replace them instead of fixing them. This could also be a result of cold weather. You can also contact a mechanic and they can show you how to adjust and tighten the belt if needed.

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