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Drive belt noise on a 2001 caravan 3.3, smoke coming from area when i started it up, turned it off quickly

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Check all of the pulleys along the belt line and verify they are all moving. This is usually indicitive of a seized pulley (i.e. Alternator, power steering, smog pump, etc.)

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Item Part Number Description 1 8620 Drive Belt 2 10300 Generator Pulley 3 6C348 Idler Pulley 4 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 5 3D673 Power Steering Pump Pulley 6 2E884 A/C Clutch Pulley 7 6A312 Crankshaft Vibration Damper Pulley 8 8A528 Water Pump Pulley
s1w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: The drive belt tensioner has no provision for adjustment and will be damaged if forced to travel beyond its operating range. Automatic tensioners are calibrated at the factory to provide the correct amount of tension to the belt. There is no need to check tensioners for proper tension.
NOTE: Drive belts (8620) with automatic drive belt tensioner (6B209) do not require adjustment.
NOTE: When a drive belt is installed new or reinstalled after a service procedure, the drive belt does not fully seat into pulley grooves until engine has run for several minutes.
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  • automatic drive belt tensioners.
New drive belts should be of the same type as originally installed.
Drive belt chirp is a regularly occurring chirping noise that occurs due to:
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  • excessive pulley runout.
It can be a result of a damaged pulley or an incorrectly replaced pulley that was not correctly aligned.
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  • look for the accessory pulley to be out of position in the fore/aft direction or at an angle to the straightedge.
Drive belt squeal is an intermittent noise that occurs when the drive belt slips on a pulley during certain conditions such as:
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  • rapid engine acceleration.
  • A/C clutch engagement.
Drive belt squeal can occur under the following conditions:
  • The A/C discharge pressure goes above specifications:
    • The A/C system is overcharged.
    • The A/C condenser airflow is blocked.


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