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Serpentine belt slips off

1999 dodge ram 1500 belt slips off even after replacing the belt and the tension pulley. It starts to slip off on the bottom pulley behind the fan

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  • pattibo May 23, 2009

    the belt is tighten by a tension pulley that is spring loaded, that pulley was replaced to make sure that it had enough tension. there is no other way to tighten that i know of.

  • pattibo May 23, 2009

    how would you fix a slant on a pulley that is tighten with bolts and has no movement or adjustments

  • pattibo May 23, 2009

    THANK YOU

  • pattibo May 23, 2009

    Will follow up with your advice, thank you

  • pattibo May 23, 2009

    Will follow up with your advice, thank you

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    my dodge durango won't start, i just changed the serpentine belt, and has new battery, the belt turns and all pulleys are turning but it wont turn over

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Please tighten the grip for the belt to enable tighter stay in-line.

Sorry.

Posted on May 23, 2009

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    Onifade Adewunmi May 23, 2009

    What a fix you are in then.

    There must be a slant in the positioning of the pulleys around the belt.

    Check toroughly.

    Murphybanton


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    Onifade Adewunmi May 23, 2009

    Please get an expert in your location to have a look because of the tools you might need to detect and effect the adjustments.

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    Onifade Adewunmi May 23, 2009

    Please rate my solution better

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    Onifade Adewunmi May 23, 2009

    Cheers.

    email me on onifadeadewunmi@hotmail.com


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Remove the belt and check all pulleys for side play and wobble...likely you will find one loose (bad bearing) whichever it turns out to be, change it. (likely what killed the belt to begin with.) Also sight down the belt from the side and check that all pulleys are aligned with each other. any variation needs correction. Begin by checking the one you mentioned first.

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Replace the tensioner.

Posted on May 23, 2009

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