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Experience:  10+ years chrysler
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we have a 2003 Dodge Neon and the belt tensioner pulley bearings

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we have a 2003 Dodge Neon and the belt tensioner pulley bearings went out. How do you change the bearing and the tensioner arm has a crack in it//////???? how do you change that........
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  quickcar replied 7 years ago.
hello, you'll have to replace the whole tensioner as an assembly and to do that you need to remove the engine mount bracket from the engine to get access to the tensioner, first you'll have to remove the upper engine torque strut, then raise the car and remove the engine splash shield followed by the lower torque strut, then support the engine with a jack and remove the plug i the wheel well to gain access to the engine mount through bolt remove the thru bolt and then lower the motor enough to access the lower mounting bolts on the bracket then raise the motor back up to access the power steering pump bolts and remove them and set the pump aside and then remove the upper bolts to the engine mount bracket and remove them then remove the bracket. once the bracket is out remove the tensioner bolt and remove the tensioner.

Edited by quickcar on 5/1/2010 at 3:13 AM EST
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
we dont have enough room between the inner fender well and motor to get the tentioner/motor mount out. It has extrutions that extend into the timing belt cover that won't allow us to remove the mount assembly..
Expert:  quickcar replied 7 years ago.
That's why my instructions say to unbolt the thru bolt and use a floor jack to jack the motor
up high enough to get the bracket out.