How to Change the Serpentine Belt in a Dodge Stratus

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How to Change the Serpentine Belt in a Dodge Stratus
(motor image by Klaus Eppele from

A motor has several peripheral parts that it depends upon for its functionality. Some of these parts are considered to be minor components and some are considered to be major. The serpentine belt is a single belt that drives multiple components which are connected to the motor. It is a major component. Fortunately the serpentine belt can be changed with just a few standard tools. Without this single belt a car cannot drive. This article will show you how to change a serpentine belt on a 1998 Dodge Stratus.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Socket wrench with 10-millimeter socket attachment
  • Adjustable wrench

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  1. 1

    Park the vehicle in a well-lighted work space and open the bonnet. Locate the belt diagram on the underside of the hood to give you a visual guide.

  2. 2

    Remove the cover from the alternator with your adjustable wrench.

  3. 3

    Locate the hexagon bolt in the middle of the alternator. Securely place your socket wrench on the bolt and turn it counterclockwise. The belt will begin loosening. The more you turn the nut the more slack you will have to remove the belt.

  4. 4

    Pull the belt off of the alternator and continue removing it from around the other pulleys. Track your steps while removing the belt, because installing the new belt is the same process but in reverse.

  5. 5

    Install the new belt onto the alternator, looping it onto the other pulleys.

  6. 6

    Tighten the bolt on the alternator until the belt is semi-tight around all of the pulleys. Guide the belt with your free hand while you are tightening it so it doesn't come off the pulleys.

Tips and warnings

  • Print out a diagram of your belt system. If you cannot find it online take a clear photo of the diagram under your hood and print the photo.
  • Be sure to let the vehicle cool completely before you begin working on it.

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