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When it rains hard my 2000 dodge gran caravans bat. Lt. comes on and i start losing my power steering why

I just had a new alt. put on 2 weeks ago

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The serpentine belt is slipping when wet. Either the plastic shield on the bottom of the van is missing, or the belt is not being kept tight by the tensioner.

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