Question about 2003 Chevrolet Impala
You have an automatic tensioner that isn't tight enough? And you replaced the alternator, without loosening the belt in any way? Does the tensioner have a little piston on it, you know like gas filled? And you let it loose without putting the pin in it? I think it may have lost it's tension. The spring pressure alone is not enough to handle the belt. The piston is so tight that you can't move it with your hands. A new one comes preset with a pin like a grenade in it, and when you are all set, you pull the pin, and out it comes. Pressure. I don't know if you can test it, or tighten the belt somewhere, most cars have a pulley that moves or the power steering pump will slide over and pick up the tension. A good way to check is, you should not be able to twist the belt 45 degrees with your fingers. Hope this helps.
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