Question about 1997 Dodge Dakota
This is the forth time I have this problem. First serpentine belt was replaced. It shredded again. Mechanic said it was installed poorly and a second belt was installed. Belt shredded again. Then, mechanic said pulleys need to be replaced. Two months later belt shreds again. Is there something else that needs to be replaced? Desperate because I am not a mechanic...just a very frustrated female without transportation. Need guidance and advice. Thanks.
I had this problem also. Turns out that when I had replaced a water pump, the clamp that holds the bottom water hose got clamped "in the way" of the belt without realizing it. Actually, brother in law made the error, but I should have caught it. After replacing the belt, neither of us realized the clamp was touching the belt since the clamp was out of sight due to the belt being above it.
Take a look to see if you have anything like that going on. Chances are you do and once the belt initially starts to shred, it'll only worsen, so FEELl underneath, behind, beside - basically, all around the belt WHILE THE BELT IS ON and engine is off for anything like a clamp or even a bolt-head sticking out.
If your belt's tensioner pully had been loosed and not re-set, that too would be a problem. You would probably have a tensioner pulley that has a 15mm bolt head, loosen that. On the plate which the pulley is mounted you should have another 15mm bolt head about the top area that at first glance has no possible function. Loose this and you will see the pulley move. Retighten until you have about 3/4" play in the belt tension. Then, retighten the bolt in the center of the pulley.
Could be a knuckle buster, so use leather gloves - or keep band-aides close-by.
Posted on Apr 23, 2009
With the belt off and the motor NOT running, grab the big fan on the front of the motor and see if it wobbles.
Let me know what you find and I can help further.
Posted on Apr 17, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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