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Serpentine belt coming off.

The serpentine belt came off of my 96 caravan. It happened to be raining the night it came off. I took it back to the shop the next day, as they had just replaced the powewr steering pump, so i figured they may not have reassembled things correctly. my mechanic tells me that they couldn't find anything wrong with the vehicle, after replacing the belt and test driving. he also tells me he installed a "snow shield"to assist in perventing water,snow or other foriegn matter from possibly causing the belt to come off. I'm wondering if there is any kind of tensioner pulley that is made for my year of caravan that has some kind of"lip" on the edge that may prevent the belt from coming off. I have experienced the belt coming off in the past and it seems that the tensioner pulley may be the problem, as it only contacts the back of the belt and there is nothing to keep the belt in place should the belt slip or whatever. Apparently Dodge is aware of the problem as they have come up with and recommended this "snow shield" as a deterrent. Any info/advice you may have would be greatly appreciated ... thanks. mike

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  • mikekathi Apr 17, 2009

    actually, the tensioner is fairly new.(6 mo.)

  • mikekathi Apr 17, 2009

    Alignment of all pulleys has been inspected repeatedly, all are right on. No shifting or movement of anything that can be seen while in park... i think there needs to be a bracket of some sort designed to bolt onto the tensioner to keep the belt in place should something cause it to slip or hop or whatever...

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    erickg May 11, 2010

    ok basics since i dont know that van very well what else is driving off that belt? have you taken a straight edge and checked to be sure one is not out of alignment. or something bending when loaded? everything was ok? nothing locking up causing belt to hop?

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Get a new tensioner ?

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