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Serpentine belt my belt comes off and or shreds quite often. It doesn't matter if it's raining or not.

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I would check the pully's to see if the bearings are loose and check the belt tensioner
chrysler has a tsb for this issue but that is when you are loosing the belt when it is raining and you said it happens even when it is dry

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