Join Date: May 2009
Location: Cleveland TN
Own a Commander?: Yes
Model year: 2006
Trim Package: Limited
Power-Train: 5.7L V-8 Hemi
If 4WD - system: QD-II
Current Mileage: 103,000
Changing Serpentine belt on 5.7 Hemi
I was going to take pictures and document, but it turned out to be X rated with all the swearing.
What I thought was going to be a 20 minute job took 90 minutes. First I saw no belt diagram so I made one before removing the belt. Only removed the intake air box in front of the throttle body, 2 hose clamps and one electric plug. The old belt just about fell off - that was easy. Now to put the new belt on - they built the commander for very small hands. Squeezing my medium American hands between hoses, wires, pulleys and supports with a trouble light that never pointed in the right direction, trying to start with this pulley, no that pulley, no the other one (starting with the tensioner seems the best) . On about the 20th try had success and checked the routing and fit onto the pulleys- it was on. Grease up to my elbows and about 15 cuts and gashes. Started up and all is well. Saved $120 over having the dealer do it. I later found this picture of a 5.7 Hemi and this is exactly the same as my Commander 06 Hemi 5.7. Now I am good for another 90,000 miles.
Oh on the picture - put your hand between your eyes and the picture - that is what it looks like in real life to work on.
06 Commander Limited Hemi - QDII,
Past -89 Comanche, 98 Grand Cherokee (2WD), 2000 Cherokee, 05 Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7
Had to replace the brakes - they opened more gas stations in town
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Last edited by rblapham; 12-27-2016 at 11:25 AM.