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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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ANY TIPS or tricks

I am changing my serpentine belt tommorow and flushing and changing the coolant. I have not done it before, any tips things to be cautious of etc appreciated. 01 2500 ctd
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Nothing really to look out for or be scared of. Just pay attention to the belt routing and I would go ahead and change your t-stat as well if it is orginal.
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Watch the drian plug on the radiator. It is one of the twist and pull types but if you pull and twist too hard it will come completely out and dump coolant everywhere.

I take and put a short peace of hose on the end of the drain and run it into a 5 gallon bucket and that works great for me. When filling the sytem back up make sure to pre-mix the coolant with water in a jug or bucket first to get a good mixture. Also do not run the truck while filling. It is a self burping system and will purge the air on it's own while filling. Once you get it full top of the over flo bottle and then run the truck till it T-stat opens. Once the T-stat opens and coolant flows into the block you can shut the truck down and top of the system.

If you change the T-stat watch the bolts on the housing. They are small and can break easilly. If I remember right they only require like 9 or 10 fl-lbs when tightening.

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If you change your coolant every 36K or 3 years like Dodge requires you'll have a really super clean coolant system. I just crossed the 100K mile mark and my radiator is like brand new yet and the block is rust free!

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Ok maybe stupid question when I put the new belt on do I have to line up any timing marks etc... anything like that? Also once the new serpentine belt is on do I just tighten the it down as much as I can on the tensioner arm or what?
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No marks to line up and the tensioner is self adjusting.
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So basically just dealing with getting the belt on and then tighten it in place and thats it?
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