RE: How do you change the tensioner assembly???
OK well here is what I have done so far. I bought a new tensioner pulley & put that on, didn't fix it! So I put the old pulley back on & put the new pulley on the idler & that didn't fix it, so I knew my pulleys were good. So then I thought if it's not the pulleys then it has to be the tensioner! So I started to try to change it today. I couldn't get to it from the bottom so I removed the wiper cowl & boy did that make things easy!!! Only took about 10 minutes extra to remove that. It is also nice for changing those hard to reach rear spark plugs.... I can do a write up of the cowl removal with pics if it would help others out.
I used a 15mm socket, a swivel & a long extension to loosen the nut on the back of the tensionerfrom the top side & i didn't even have totwist myself into a pretzel just to get to it. I ain't no small fry either LOL!!!Well I got it changed & started the van up & wow it was so nice & quiet, but then as I was getting ready to shut my van off it starts squealing again... $#$%*
So anyways that tells me that my tensioner isn't bad, so I tear it back apart & put my old stuff back on. I had previously taken off the A/C belt to rule out that pulley, & thought well the only other one would be theharmonic balancer or the alternator pulley, well I got out the WD-40 & squirted the alternator pulley while it was running & guess what it quieted down, So I think I finally found my problem. Now I just needto see if they make a replacement pulley or if I need to buy a new alternator... I'll keep you informed.
Yes I'm sure it's a 3.0L thats what it says on the intake manifold & also on the sticker on the strut tower. My Grand Voyager must be a base model cause it only has a radio no cd, no tape, cloth interior &manual windows,