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Old 08-09-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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Belt Tensioner

Does anyone know where I can find a belt tensioner for my 1997 TJ? A mechanic told me it was a dealer only part but that would probably cost too much. If anyone could find one on the internet and send me links that would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-09-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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If you have the 4.0L, the '97 TJ's belt tensioner is part of the power steering bracket. It's not a separate spring loaded tensioner like newer TJs use.

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Old 08-09-2011, 09:13 PM   #3
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I have the 2.5l though. I've found belt tensioner pulleys online but I'm kind of a newbie to Jeep Wranglers. Are tensioner pulleys the same as belt tensioners? Or are they separate parts?
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:48 AM   #4
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Check this thread out:

Manual belt tensioner question... missing tensioner bolt? -

The part numbers given there are good, as I've just ordered and installed them myself. Down near the bottom is a diagram you can print out and take to your dealer, and he can get the part numbers off of that to order what you need. I think everything cost me about $27, which included everything except for the pulley. The pulley they had listed was like $40 by itself, so I got one instead from advance which works great and was less than half the cost. Other than that, everything else I got new at the dealer.

Here is a direct link to the diagram: - Registration

The previous owner must have removed mine for some reason as mine never had one. I had to tighten the pulley by hand, which was the stupidest thing and couldn't understand why there wasn't a better way. Then I saw another Jeep owner remove their belt, and realized I was missing something. I can finally get proper tension on my belt, and it doesn't take me 20 minutes to do so anymore.

Edit: I have a 98 2.5l as well so yours should be similar.
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