The Dodge Dakota was popular in 1993 because it was the only small to mid-size truck that came with an optional V8 engine. The V8 is also the only engine in that year with a full serpentine belt, which turns all of the engine accessories as the engine turns. If the belt goes out, all of your accessories go out, then you’ll have a ton of problems. To fix it, you’ll need to replace the belt, which is very easy to do. In this case, the project vehicle is a 1993 Dodge Dakota with a 5.2l V8 engine.
Tools Used: Tools, Open-end wrench set, Replacement belt
Change Serpentine Belt
Open the hood and locate the sticker on the core support that details the belt routing diagram. If you can’t find the diagram there, then look for it in the owner’s manual, which is typically kept in the glove box. Locate the tensioner on the passenger side of the engine, just above the bottom pulley. Place the wrench on the center bolt on the tensioner and turn it clockwise to release tension on the belt. With the tensioner turned, slide the belt off of the line, then release the wrench.
Wrap the replacement belt around the pulleys, starting with the alternator on the top of the engine, and wrap it around the power steering pulley, water pump and crankshaft, until you’ve stretched it out as far as possible. Turn the tensioner clockwise again, using the wrench, then route the belt around the tensioner and the remaining pulleys until it’s aligned correctly. Lower the tensioner again to put tension on the belt. Visually inspect the belt and make sure that it’s centered on each pulley, and that it’s not twisted anywhere along the way. Once you’re sure that it’s centered, start the engine and make sure the belt is still running true.