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Serpentine belt slipped off and the belt tensioner doesn't move

97 dodge caravan 3.3

serpentine belt slipped off and the belt tensioner does not move does this mea the belt tensioner needs replacing

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  • bambaguide May 02, 2010

    Thanks, to be more clear the bearing still spins, should the arm on the tensioner move up and down, by hand?

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Yes! The belt will always flip off if it siezes. It's easy to change if you have the room. Good luck!

Posted on May 02, 2010

  • eric r barnes May 02, 2010

    Usually it's up. Check to see if AC , power steering & alternator pulleys are all moving freely. One of these may be tight & caused the belt to flip off. Also a foreign object could of fliped the belt off.i.e a stone. Good luck!

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