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Serpentine belt keeps coming off

Have a 98 dodge caraven and everytime its raining or it is damp the belt comes off is there anyway to keep this from happening....

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  • ziona Feb 16, 2009

    It's very aggrivating! You can't be sure your going to get where you're giong or if you'll get back when it's raining, the roads are wet or slushy. I have replaced the pulley's and tensioners and it still happens.

  • jopietrus Feb 26, 2009

    I have two Chrysler vans 1996 Plymouth Voyager and 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. Both have the same problem. My husband has spent many a rainy day laying in a puddle putting the belt back on. I would love a solution to this one.

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    Marvin May 11, 2010

    the belt should never come off, either the belt is the wrong belt or there is a mechanical issue with the pulleys or the belt tensioner.



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Goodyear make a replacement belt system where the belt has grooves and the pulley has groove and the has work for me. i have a 97 and was experiencing the same problem. i got it from car quest auto. it a sure fix

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You probably need to chage the belt tensioner.

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First of all your belt shouldn't be coming off at all period, it sounds like either you have the wrong size belt on your vehicle, or your Idler/ Belt Tensioner is going bad and not keeping your belt tight on the pulleys. I would first check to see if you have the right size belt for your vehicle and check to see if your Belt Tensioner is working properly and not frozen or seized.

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