How to Change the Serpentine Belt in a '97 Sebring Convertible

by Robert Moore

    The Chrysler Sebring was offered as a two-door coupe or convertible. In convertible form, buyers were limited to choosing between the JX and JXi trim levels. Both trim levels came equipped with either a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, or a slightly larger, 2.5-liter V-6 engine. The standard 2.4-liter engine produced 150 horsepower and 167 foot-pounds of torque, while the 2.5-liter put out 164 horsepower and 163 foot-pounds of torque. Both engines have one belt to drive the alternator, and a second belt to drive the power-steering pump and the air conditioner compressor. The procedure to replace the belts is the same on either engine.

    Items you will need

    • Paint marker
    • Socket set
    • Ratchet
    • Pry bar
    • Torque wrench

    Belt Removal

    Step 1

    Open the hood and look along the radiator core support for a belt routing diagram. Snap a couple pictures of the belts as they sit on the engine with your camera phone if you can't find or read the routing diagram.

    Belt Removal

    Step 2

    Draw an arrow with a paint marker on the alternator belt, that points toward the passenger-side wheel, if you're not replacing the alternator belt. Loosen the pivot bolt on the alternator with a socket and ratchet. Turn the adjuster bolt clockwise to loosen the tension on the alternator belt. Remove the belt from the alternator and crankshaft pulley.

    Belt Removal

    Step 3

    Loosen the pivot bolt on top of the power-steering pump, then loosen the bottom lock nuts Push the power-steering pump toward the engine and remove the belt from the engine.

    Belt Installation

    Step 1

    Route the main drive belt around the engine pulleys according to the diagram or the pictures you took earlier. Slide a pry bar between the engine and the power-steering pump, and gently pry the pump away from the engine to begin tensioning the belt. Make sure the belt sits within the grooves of each pulley before continuing.

    Belt Installation

    Step 2

    Press your index finger on the belt with moderate pressure between the crankshaft pulley and the power-steering pump. Pry the alternator back until you get about 1/2-inch of deflection at the point of pressure, then snug the pivot and lock bolts for the power-steering pump. Check deflection of the belt again and adjust tension as needed. Tighten the pivot and lock bolts to 40 foot-pounds with a torque wrench. If you have the 2.5-liter engine, tighten the rear lock bolt to 21 foot-pounds.

    Belt Installation

    Step 3

    Put the alternator belt onto the crank pulley and the alternator pulley with the painted arrow pointing toward the passenger-side wheel. Pry the alternator away from the engine until you get 1/2-inch of deflection when moderate pressure is applied to the belt between the alternator and crankshaft pulley. Tighten the alternator pivot bolt to 40 foot-pounds.

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