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Belt between water pump & alternator squealed and popped off - di

Didn't break. Bought new belt, but if it popped off, does that indicate either water pump or alternator failure?

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You could have the wrong size or the serpentine belt was routed wrong. Double check the routing and the length of the belt, the other thing to that is know to happen is the belt tension pulley has gone bad and needs to be replaced. Recap, check the routing of the belt, belt length, tension pulley for any damage. Good luck and hope this helps.

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