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Serpentine belt I have a 1997 dodge dakota, the serpentine belt keeps running off of the crankshaft, why?

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  • pgm138 Mar 10, 2009

    I got a new s-belt because my old one fell of while driving, I checked the pulleys and they all spin exept the crankshaft. The new belt seems to be the right tension but when i start the engine it kicks of around the fan and crankshaft, there is also power steering fluid dripping, I don't if it's a leak or if it may be from moving the truck a real short distance.

    Is it my tensioner?, my crankshaft?, the power steering fluid?, or all of the above, i can't drive it to a mechanic so if any one could help I would appreciate it.

  • vickper Apr 17, 2009

    1999 Dodge Dakota. I've taken my truck to the same mechanic 3 times for the same problem. First I thought I had run over something that ricocheted into my serpentine belt and caused it to shred. I took it to my trusted mechanic and he replaced it. The same happen again, he said he had not installed it correctly and replaced it. It happen a third time...he said he needed to replace the pulleys. Two months later it happens again. Do I try for a forth time? OR do I get a new mechanic? Is there something he is missing? Desperate female in El Paso, Texas. HELP with some good advice would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail is victoriaperea1@aol.com.

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Bad tensioner

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First check the belt. Take it off and look it over. If there are any worn areas, or twists in it, replace it. If not, then you need to check the pulleys. One of them is not straight, or one has a piece broken off of it which is throwing the belt.

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  • thepj1 Dec 03, 2008

    That too, what rcaston19 said, if your tensioner is letting go in cycle then your belt will surely come off.

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