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Serpentine belt keeps slipping off when it rains.

2003 Escort Zx2.
I had the serpentine belt replaced back in Jan. '08.
Ever since, every time it's driven through puddles of water, the belt comes off.

I've had it checked by a mech twice and they cannot find the problem. All the pulleys are good and everything is aligned right they say, but it keeps doing it.

It's raining here today and I hadn't even driven it yet. When I started it up, sure enough, the belt popped right off.

Please help

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  • graynes Dec 26, 2008

    Thank you very much ptownpop !

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    the belt continues to "slip" off the tensioner pulley in dry conditions. i have a brand new belt and new pulleys everything is lining up like they should yet the belt still "slips" off at the tensioner. anyone else having the same problem?

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    juggernautxt May 11, 2010

    i own a 2000 zx2 i had the same prob i was buying belts that were not the correct length and not realizing it, they were cheaper manufacturer. then i spent the money and got one from ford 6 years same belt no problems. don't skimp for the cheaper belts.

  • joseph redmon Aug 12, 2012

    yea wicth one is the ten. pully i want to make sure i dont replace wrong one

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I have had the same trouble with my 2002 zx2. I have had to reinstall or replace the serpentine belt 4 or 5 times in less than a year. I have replaced the idler bearing and then the water pump went out which took out the belt as well. The belt still came off after replacing those items when I hit another puddle of water. I found that proper installation of the plastic engine splash guards which bolt to the bottom around the motor play an important roll in keeping out road water. Since the pulleys are accessible with the right front tire removed, I focused on securing the plastics tightly around the wheelwell framework. This has helped extremely in keeping water away from the pulleys. I haven't had any more troubles in the last 7 or 8 months. I'm still leary when driving in the rain as the routing of the serpentine belt on this car is the worst I've ever encountered.
Bottom line, check/replace idler bearing, tensioner if needed and make sure all plastic splash guards are there and properly screwed to the frame and each other.
Hope this helps.

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Check to ensure the shims on the lower drive pully(engine) are iin fact in place and also check to see than the wheel is not installed backwards front to rear. a carpenters level can be used to ensure proper alingment after that it's probaly a bad tension pulley

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