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Moojamboo 05-29-2009 07:15 PM

serpetene prep
hi all

new jeep owner here - very little car maintenance experience. I do change my own oil..but haven't done much else yet. I just moved from condo to house now with space and I am buying tools and such to learn and tinker and have fun. I always wanted a jeep/convertible, and it will be for summer cruising, and be stored in the winter (daily driver is a wrx), so I hope to keep it for a while, learn as I go, etc.

so the old owner of my jeep said the "serpetene belt squakes a bit when you start her". this is true. So my first fix is the belt.

I have the old one off, but before I put the new one on is there anything I do for prep? I know with oil fiters you are supposed to put a little oil on the 0-ring of the new filter to help the seal (or so I was told) - is there anything like that for the serpentine belt?

thanks in advance -

1BLKJP 05-29-2009 07:27 PM

Nope you are good to go putting it back on. I always like to put the belt part number on the inside of the hood with paint pen or something so that I know exactly what belt I need no matter where I am. :D

Moojamboo 05-29-2009 07:35 PM

great - thanks for the help.

cooper30 05-30-2009 06:09 AM

Mine did the same thing (95 2.5). PO said same thing and told me what an easy fix it would be.

When I looked closer, I saw that a couple of the bolts on the power steering pump were stripped. I found out he had tried to fix it himself and messed it up. I used it to my advantage while bargaining. It took me about an hour and half to fix it, and now everything is good as new.

Anyway, my point is be careful that you don't round the heads of any bolts or tighten anything too much. I was able to fix my problem easily with some heat and all the vehicle parts, etc that I've collected over the years. If you're just getting started with maintenance, it may be a little more difficult to fix something like that.

cooper30 05-30-2009 07:55 PM

BTW, kudos to you for wanting to learn.

10 years ago all I could do was change my oil and a flat tire. Since then, there's not a lot I haven't done. I learned a lot the hard way and had to buy various parts twice cause I screwed up the first time.

I suggest buying a factory service manual for your Jeep. It has a wealth of info in it.

Moojamboo 05-31-2009 11:14 AM

I have thought about the fsm for the jeep. I got a used chiltons for it, which has been helpful.

This may seem strange, but isn't the jeep American - therefore standard? Some of the bolts I have been adjusting seem to fit better with my metric attachments than the standard. At this point I am just using what gets the job done, doing my best not to strip.

dooder 05-31-2009 11:55 AM


Originally Posted by Moojamboo (Post 380692)
This may seem strange, but isn't the jeep American - therefore standard?

after 1979 or so many fasteners on american cars are metric. this isnt true for engines. The way to recognise metric and standard is looking at head of bolts. standards have line markings and metric have a number stamped on them designating the grade.

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