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2000 Dodge Caravan 3.0 serpentine belt installation

Comes off when raining marrerocarlos@ymail.com

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  • carter5754 Aug 20, 2008

    1999 Crysler T&C - same problem. Bought 4 months ago and the serpentine belt has come off twice, both times it was raining. HELP!

  • Anonymous Oct 13, 2008

    I have a 2000 Grand Caravan, Same issue, belts are lined up, pulleys are good, but the belt still comes off when its raining.

  • aggs1 Dec 01, 2008

    Water splashing up from the ground causes the serpentine belt to come off. It has come off a couple of times now. Water does not compress and when a shot of water comes up it as if you put a screwdriver between the belt and the pulley and wedged it off. I am a machinist so I will probably make a tensioner pulley with an outside shoulder or install a shield to keep water off of the pulley.

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    Same problem on 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. Belt has not come off yet, but when driving in rain and going through puddles in street, loose power steering, charging light comes on in instrument panel. Van is practically impossible to steer. After a short time the belt squeals loudly, may have to let off accelerator, then power steering comes back. Charging light may or may not go off immediately. Dealship where van was purchased has been working on this for over a year. They even called Chrysler. Told us no one else has had this problem!! After researching on internet, have found it is a very common problem. It has also become very frustrating. Also know of someone else who has 2000 Chrylser minivan that has a big problem with the belt coming off all the time. Any info on problem would be greatly appreciated.

  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    dodge caravan. 3.3 liter. new tensioner, new belt; new water pump; it still comes out in rain, or water puddles. will try to replace iddler.

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    2000 dodge caravan serpentine belt

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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.

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  • cinnylousmom Jan 01, 2011

    I had the my serpentine belt replaced on my 2000 Dodge Caravan in May 2010 because I thought it was the smart thing to do to avoid future problems. By December 2010 It came off because it was wet

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I think autozone has a pulley shield specific for the dodge caravan. I will head there tomorrow and get a part number or part name and post it later. I have had my iwfes belt come off 5 times already and I am pretty much fed up and will be getting the pulley cover.

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

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    Adam Hager Sr. Oct 05, 2010

    O.K. it wasnt autozone it was advance auto parts that had it. It says right on the back that it fixes common problems on chrysler minivans. Here is the link to the part http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/...|GRPSTERAMS____

  • flup2857 Aug 22, 2011

    did this cover help solve the problem

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Replace the idler pulley. this will fix the problem. and by the way, stay away from dodge/chrysler. JUNK! JASON MOORE. DECATUR ILLINOIS.

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Put belt back on and check to see if you may have a mis-aligned pulley. If not, check to see if your tensioner or idler pulley has slop in it by moving it back and forth. I've had to replace idler and tensioner pulley more often than I really should on those engines.

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  • techpaddle Jul 16, 2011

    dayco sells a tensioner / idler kit to fix this problem. It also uses a double sided ribbed belt for the new ribbed pulleys of the tens/ idler. The problem originates from having the p/s pump at the lowest point of the front wheel splash area. P/s pumps normally have horizontal movement of 1/4 inch. When water gets in there, the friction of the belt on the smooth idler is reduced allowing the p/s shaft to move outward and pulls the belt off the adjacent pulley. The dayco kit is around 150.cdn

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