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I have replaced the tension pulley and the other free spinning pulley "same size" pulley s and also replaced belt and the belt keeps falling off tension pulley and it is a very very strong tension but the checker I bought the belt from sold me a 99" belt and the paperwork calls for a 99 1/4" will this make it slip off while running or is the tension pulley not giving enough

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The tensioner is most likely bad and not just the pulley. If the spring is weak look at the original marks on the original pulley. The belt should ride towards the engine side of the pulley and not the rounded outer edge.

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    It's usually bolted at the base with a 15mm bolt from the back. you'll notice a small nub that also sticks out of the back once removed that will align it to the proper position when reinstalling and help keep it from moving while under pressure/load.

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THE SERPENTINE BELT KEEPS FALLING OFF. I WAS THINKING THAT THE TENSIONER PULLEY MAYB LOOSE


Hey Andres,
Have you recently replaced this belt?... (is it a new one?) - Have you recently replaced the belt tensioner? ....if yes, maybe its the wrong sized pulley or the wrong tensioner. ...if no....check to make sure the tensioner still holds the belt tight..
,,About the belt .. if its new ..you have gotten one that is too long, If not, the belt needs replacing with the correct one. If you go to O'Reillys or Auto Zone or Advance Auto, Make sure you have all the necessary info about your vehicle (year/make/model/engine size/a/c/ any accessories..) they will actually help you.. you can check to make sure all the pulleys are tight and the bearings are not worn out, Do these and reply to me.

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I replaced the belt on my '90 jeep cherokee, and now it still squeals. How do i know which pulley to replace?


It is most likely the belt tension that is incorrect. Push on a flat section of the belt, should only move about 1/4 ins.
All the pulleys should free wheel when you spin them except the crank pulley and power steer. Check that the tensioner pulley is not at the limit of it's travel when the belt is fitted.

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1998 malibu shreding belts


Before installing a new belt spin all pulleys by hand. They should spin amoothly and freely. Check alternator, idler, tensioner, power steering and A/C. If any are hard, rough, or seized replace. Check that the belt aligns correctly with all pulleys and remove any debris embedded in the grooves.

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My 2002 Yukon Denali alternator wont spin


Defective alternator , replace and check tensioner , and tensioning of belt .

Jan 22, 2013 | 2002 GMC Yukon Denali

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My pulleys n serpentine belt makes terrible squeking sound how do i stop it


Look closely at the belt routing for any pulley not perfectly in line, straight with all the other pulleys. Use a straightedge if you can. If it's an old belt and missing any ribbed areas on the underside, or severely cracked, it needs replacing. Old belts get glazed and cause squeal. Also make sure the tensioner pulley is keeping the belt within proper limits of tension. Should be an indficator on the tensioner pulley.
With belt off or slackened, check every pulley for noise, wobble, smooth spinning with no rough catches, anything unusual.
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When I turn on the air conditioning it squeeks very loud. I just put in new belts. A friend said the tension is goon. How do I know if the compressor is bad


  • I would start with a can or brake clean and spray some of that on your belt as it is turning and see if there is some dirt on the belt making it squeal.
  • It can be a week tensioner. You can look with a flashlight as the belt is turning to see if you see the tension pulley is popping up and loosing tension.
  • While there with the flashlight make sure the belt is running strait.
  • A couple ways to know if the compressor is bad. First you will hear it squeal real bad or grind real bad ans you run the AC. This is an indicator of the bearings gone bad. You can also remove the belt and just give the compressor pulley a few spins. It should spin free with no hang ups or noises.
  • I would suggest that while the belt is off you spin all the pulleys to see if they spin free without any noises. Naturally the crank won't spin by hand but all the others should.
  • Also keep in mind that on rare occasions even a new belt can be bad and another new one will be needed.

  • Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa.

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Hi when are you supose to change the serpentine belt on a 2001 Saturn SC2? My SC2 has almost 51,000 miles on it with the orginal belt? Thanks,


The manufacture recommends a serpentine belt replacement every 50,000 miles. However, your serpentine belt should be inspected often for cracks, rips or warping. This can also tell you if you have a pulley that is malfunctioning. Also when you have your serpentine belt off spin your pulleys and make sure they spin free with no hang ups. If you get a hangup you may need to replace that pulley. If you want to replace the serpentine belt yourself here are the steps you take to replace it. This will save you around $50 in labor charges.
  1. You will need a 15mm wrench.
  2. Next you will want to make a diagram of the position of the belt in relation to each pulley. This is important because the belt only goes on one way.
  3. Put the wrench on on the tension pulley
  4. Pull the wrench towards the car releasing the tension on the belt
  5. Slide the belt off
  6. Slowly let the tension pulley release to it's start position
  7. Get the old belt and new belt and compare the two in size, and the amount of groves they have. The belts should be an exact match with the exception that the old belt may be minutely longer from being stretched during use.
  8. Set the new belt on a few pulleys per your diagram
  9. Now get the wrench again and place it on the tension pulley and pull towards the car placing the rest of the belt on the pulleys exactly as the diagram says.
  10. Release the tension pulley gently.
  11. Now you want to inspect how the belt is laying on the pulleys. Make sure the belt is on nice and even and exactly as the diagram says.
  12. Providing all is well to this point turn your car on and go inspect the belt with the engine running and make sure it is staying on the pulleys as it should.
  13. That should be it. 15 minutes and you saved $50. I will upload a diagram for your Car and engine as well.
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I have a problem with the drivebelt, it has been replace twice, new power sterring motor replaced and alternator replaced, the belt keeps breaking.


You need now to look at the idler, (guide) or tensioner pulleys. Not sure which series you have or the year. The 5 series back to '89 has 2 tensioners and 1 guide or idler. The 7 series back to '86 uses the same. The 8 series back to '91 also has 2 tensioners and the 1 guide pulley Check these other pulleys for free spinning bearings.

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dodge and ply. all had this problem tensioner will tilt out under load and belt comes off happens more so when raining they make a kit to repair updated tensioner with a lip on pulley and grooves and a belt with ribs on both sides to keep it in line it is expensive i have replaced belt and tensioner but weld a ring around pulley as a guide to keep it from coming off or find a smooth pulley thats the same size with a lip on it

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