Question about 2000 Dodge Caravan
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I've got the same problem. I bought a 15 mm wrench (the size necessary for the tensioner pulley) to carry with me in my minivan. When I feel the power steering go (the first sign that the belt have slipped off), I immediately stop. Once you do it a few times, putting the belt back on is not that hard, but you have to be fairly strong and be willing to get your hands dirty. Also, try to avoid the big puddles with the minivan. I think the problem is that the tension pulley is too slick, and when it gets wet the belt simply slips off.
Finally, I have not found it yet, but I heard from a cabby whose company drives Chrysler minivans that you can find an aftermarket product that will fit on the tensioner pulley to keep the serpentine belt in place. I am trying to find the product myself so as to keep this headache from happening again.
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
Replace tensioner pulley with groved replacment pulley or O'Relliey has a dual sided retroft kit for about $164.00 Comes with replacement pulleys that are groved and special belt.
Posted on Aug 05, 2009
The most common problem with this is the smooth version of serpentine belt tensioner. Yours like all others wear out and tilt and the rain or snow gives it that extra nudge it needs to slip off, the tensioner cannot be repaired but must be replaced. About cheapest is $65 from Autozone and is changed from underneath with a 15mm wrench, long arms, and alot of patience because you will only get 1/10th a turn on the nut per wrench position. This repair should fix you up for a long time. Good Luck!
An alternative to this is to purchase a more expensive conversion kit which consists of a grooved version tensioner and appropriate serpentine belt, the installation is the same.
NOTE:Ensure that the plastic shroud that protects the belts from wheel well and ground spray is still in place, it is not uncommon for unknowing indiduals to remove it and leave them off.
Posted on Apr 22, 2009
My Caravan is doing the same thing, check to see if you have a drain just above the belt. If there is does it have a hose connected to it, if not then you can put a hose on it or just cap it off. This is where I am at in this process. It seems that the drain on mine is open and needs the hose or a cap. I am talking to a mechanic later today to see about this. Feel free to e-mail me in a couple of days to see what I found out. Hope this helps you out, it seems to be a logical place to look since the rain is causing this and if the drain is uncovered it is draining right on top of the belt.
Posted on Oct 14, 2008
Replace the idler pulley. this will fix the problem. and by the way, stay away from dodge/chrysler. JUNK! JASON MOORE. DECATUR ILLINOIS.
Posted on Oct 21, 2008
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