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Change the power steering belt tensioner on a 2001 dodge neon?

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How do you change the power steering belt tensioner on a 2001 dodge neon?

First you'll need to remove the engine mount bracket assembly........after that is just a matter of removing the bolt holding the tensioner in place.


  • Disconnect negative battery cable.
  • Remove fastener securing ground strap to engine mount bracket.
  • Remove upper torque strut
  • Remove power steering/air conditioning compressor drive belt Raise vehicle on hoist.
  • Remove accessory drive belt splash shield (Remove lower torque strut Lower vehicle.
  • Position a jack under engine. Raise jack enough to support engine weight.
  • Remove engine mount through bolt access plug (
  • Remove right engine mount to engine mount bracket through bolt Lower engine enough with jack to remove lower engine mount bracket bolt Raise engine with jack to allow engine-to-body clearance for engine mount bracket removal.
  • Remove fasteners securing power steering pump to engine mount bracket. Do Not disconnect lines from pump.
  • Remove the two remaining bolts securing engine mount bracket to engine. Remove engine mount bracket




    Customer: replied 7 years ago.
    Were is the bolt on the tensioner it feels smooth and looks to be pressed or rivited on how long should that take? How much for a dealership do do it you think

    The bolt is just below where #2 is pointing in this pic.



    It's about a one hour job at your dealer.





    Customer: replied 7 years ago.
    the paet i got was just the plastic pulley is that all i will need or do i need the hole bracket?

    Yes, that should work just fine.


    The instructions are for replacing it with another dealer part........but you obviously have bought an aftermarket pulley replacement only.


    So, if it is the bearing in the pulley that is bad, then you'll be fine.......

    Customer: replied 7 years ago.
    Sorry i have 1 more question what are the touqre struts?
    The torque strut is the aluminum brace that attaches near the right side strut tower,
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