Question about 2000 Dodge Caravan
The most common problem with this is the smooth version of serpentine belt tensioner. Yours like all others wear out and tilt and the rain or snow gives it that extra nudge it needs to slip off, the tensioner cannot be repaired but must be replaced. About cheapest is $65 from Autozone and is changed from underneath with a 15mm wrench, long arms, and alot of patience because you will only get 1/10th a turn on the nut per wrench position. This repair should fix you up for a long time. Good Luck!
An alternative to this is to purchase a more expensive conversion kit which consists of a grooved version tensioner and special serpentine belt for $195, the installation is the same.
NOTE:Ensure that the plastic shroud that protects the belts from wheel well and ground spray is still in place, it is not uncommon for unknowing indiduals to remove it and leave them off.
Posted on Apr 22, 2009
Did the belt break or just fall off? If it broke, a replacement can be had at nearly any auto part store, and the belt routing is usually shown on a decal under the hood. If it is unbroken and fell off, you have other problems. Check the condition of all of the pulleys to make sure they are undamaged and aligned. Check the belt tensioner to make sure it turns freely. Check the water pump pulley for any
Posted on Apr 19, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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