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I replaced belt on my 97 Suburban but the tention pulley did not click. But the belt feels tight. The pully moves back and forth. Is it safe to drive without me hearing the click sound.

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Yeah it'll be ok for you to drive it as long as its not sloppy loose or super tight you'll be ok. but if you still have doubts replace your tensioner pulley

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  • If the serpentine belt is vibrating a little this will be from a stretched belt or the tentioner arm spring getting weak. Had the same thing on my truck just the other day. If you look down while the belt is rotating and see if that arm is giving slack when it should not be. The other thing it could be is a pully starting to hang up just enough to catch the belt a little bit.

  1. Remove belt and test pulley by spinning them. All should spin freely minus the crank pulley.
  2. Look at the belt and see if there are cracks, rips, tears or excessively worn in it. If there are a few noticeable cracks around the inside of the belt then replace it, it needs it anyway.
  3. Now reach down to the tentioner and see if there is any play you can feel with your hand. If you can move that tentioner are easily with your hand the spring is weak and the entire are needs replaced. That's just one bolt in the center to replace that.

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The drive belt has an automatic tensioner pulley. It will be a pulley on it's own attached to an arm. It'll be the top left pulley under the drive belt if there are only 2 at the top, or it'll be on the top righton top of the drive belt if there are 3 or 4 pulleys across the top.

Check to make sure it is moving freely. You can do this by attaching a wrench to it and moving it down if it is under the belt, or up if it is ontop of the belt. It should require a bit of force. If it doesn't move or is easy to move then it needs to be replaced. If it feels like it's moving freely and the spring seems strong then your belt is stretched past it's limit and needs to be replaced.

Alternatively it may be screeching due to a pulley seizing up. Check to make sure things like the idler pulleys or the A/C and Alternator pulleys move freely.

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The only options are - find a somewhat shorter belt with maching matching width and thickness.. Or replace the air pump..
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