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#3027 of 4362 Serpentine Belt Replacement 1998 Dodge Dakota
Oct 27, 2004 (3:59 am)
I am trying to replace a serpentine belt on a 1998 Dodge Dakota truck. I removed the old belt by taking off a pulley (illustrated by the belt diagram under the hood). I cannot get the new belt back on because the it's too tight. The pulley is mounted to a tensioner I believe (I can see a spring inside teh housing). How do I make this tensoiner move the pulley enough to get the belt on?? Thanks in advance for your help....
#3028 of 4362 Re: Serpentine Belt Replacement 1998 Dodge Dakota [lf1313]
Oct 27, 2004 (6:35 pm)
You did not mention the specific engine you have but any of the serp belts I have replaced were easy to install by placing a wrench on the center bolt of the tensionor pully and using that as leverage to hold the pulley as the belt was 'threaded' into place. Then just slowly release the tension so the pully takes up the slack on the belt.
The above tecnique is also used to REMOVE the belt. I am surprised you got the belt off. It is often not a good idea to let the tensioner "SNAP" as the belt is pried off of it.
#3029 of 4362 Rotor and brake pads
Oct 28, 2004 (8:45 am)
I'm going to change my rotors - brake pads this weekend and I have a couple of questions.
This one is for Bpeebles: You recently replaced your brake pads with ceramix...I called Napa and was informed that they had two types. One for $40 and another for $75. Which one did you purchase and why?
My next question is...Due to circumstances I can't order Bendix rotors online (can't find it in town) and want to know if anyone else has had trouble with the powerslot rotors. Or is there any recomendations for another manufacturer.
Oct 28, 2004 (11:33 am)
I noticed after a recent rain the retractable sunroof in my 2000 Dak leaking. Actually, it leaked inside the headliner, then soaked through. Has anyone had this problem, and what did you do to fix it?
#3031 of 4362 Re: Rotor and brake pads [yoshio]
Oct 28, 2004 (12:37 pm)
Use the Brembo Rotors, you can get them at The Tire Rack, Stay away from the Ceramic Pads I had problems with them, they started to seperate from backing plate after 8000 miles.
#3032 of 4362 Re: Rotor and brake pads [hasel]
Oct 28, 2004 (1:14 pm)
what ceramic pads did you use? And what are you using now?
Are you using the slotted Brembo rotors or regular?
#3033 of 4362 Re: Rotor and brake pads [yoshio]
Oct 28, 2004 (4:11 pm)
NAPA (National Automobile Parts Association) has several brake-pads available for the Dakota. They range from el-cheepo all the way up to their "CERAMIX" brand. NAPA has ony one "CERAMIX" brake pad available for the Dak.
I went with the NAPA "CERAMIX" mainly because it produces less black dust which makes the front wheels look like cr$p.
The box which contained my BENDIX rotors also has P/Ns for several other brands (Dont forget that BENDIX (Honeywell) manufactures for other folks.) I would expect that they are all the same component.
I happen to have one of the BENDIX boxes right in front of me. It says:
BENDIX (Honeywell) 145147
#3034 of 4362 Re: Rotor and brake pads [bpeebles]
Oct 28, 2004 (5:23 pm)
Thank you for your reply. I just called NAPA and asked about the rotors. He stated the NAPA 86645 was one that he had in stock. That is great news!
I again asked to confirm the ceramix pads. He quoted me two ceramix pads for the dakota??? I guess I have to research the ceramix pads to find out the difference.
Thank you again. You have helped me a great deal and I really appreciate it.
#3035 of 4362 Re: Rotor and brake pads [yoshio]
Oct 28, 2004 (7:09 pm)
Did not use the slotted Brembo Rotors, The Ceramic Pads that I used where Raybestos, after removing the Raybestoes pads I re-installed the OEM pads they where still on truck at 41000 miles when I traded it last month for a 2004 Q cab and showing little wear.
#3036 of 4362 98 Dakota water leak
Oct 28, 2004 (8:10 pm)
The passenger side floor fills with rain water after I back out of my driveway. I can hear the pooled water drain unto the floor. The drive has an incline. It doesn't seem to happen after a rain when the truck is on level ground. Does anyone have an idea where the leak is? I'm getting really tired of "bailing out" my truck!