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Water pump pulley seems to be misaligned

Put on new belt and tensioner then new belt shredded seems like water pump pulley is out of whack

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SOURCE: Car is running hot occasionally and the serpentine

Well there's only part that has to do with the cooling system and serp belt - the water pump!! Maybe it's starting to seize or has too much play. Either way, when you change the water pump, replace the thermostat and flush the system very thoroughly, those 98-99's are notorious for rust build up. Make sure to pull the heater hoses off and flush the heater core too. After all said is done, purge the coolant and make sure there is heat from the blower. If not you're going to have to replace the heater core because that gets clogged sometimes when flushing.

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SOURCE: I have a 1999 Mercury Sable. The only problem I

is the a/c working ok??? shredding the belt may be cause by the a/c compressor problems. the "chunk" maybe not, but shredding tells me something does not spin when it should. I dont know why the mehanic put a new pump on that had a problem with the pulley, it should be smooth. anyhting that the belt runs should be smooth and east to turn, make sure that all of the grooves are clean, no remnants of the old belt.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 1999 Mercury Sable. The only problem I

take the belt off and carefully check to see if any of the pulleys are out of line and check to make sure they spin smooth and true check for bearing wear and noise in any of the pulleys cause it sounds like simply there is a pulley out of line

Posted on Oct 22, 2009

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SOURCE: the belt continues to break

Is the tensioner in line with the rest of your pulleys? Does it move back and forth freely? If not , replace the tensioner. Do all the other pulleys appear to be in line, and do they move freely? Hope this helps, TJ

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