1997 Jeep Cherokee Serpentine Belt Inspection, Adjustment, Removal & Installation

1997 Jeep Cherokee 2WD 4.0L MFI 6cyl

Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1984-1998

Serpentine Belt



When inspecting serpentine drive belts, small cracks that run across the ribbed surface of the belt from rib to rib are considered normal. If the the cracks are running along the rib (rather across), this is not normal and the belt(s) must be replaced.


It is not necessary to adjust belt tension on the 5.2L or 5.9L engines and on the 2.5L and 4.0L engines (without power steering). These engines are equipped with an automatic tensioner. The tensioner maintains correct tension at all times.

2.5L and 4.0L Engines With Power Steering

See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

If the vehicle is not equipped with power steering, it will be equipped with an idler pulley. If equipped with an idler pulley, refer to and follow the 5.2L/5.9L belt removal and installation procedure. Download File PDF

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