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There must be a bad pulley watch the pulleys or the belt may be worn enough it needs changed

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replace the belt, if that has been done pull the belt off and check the pulley's for proper laignment with a straight edge, if that is ok check for excessive play in the bearings of all the pulleys that belt runs on, pay close attention to the automatic tensioner pulley and arm and the idler pulley's

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Go back to your mechanic and tell him/her to check if your pulleys are aligned right. The problem may also be that your components just weren't manufacturered with the right pulleys- I have come to understand that Chrysler is notorious for that kind of stuff.

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2000 Dodge Caravan 3.0 serpentine belt installation

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