Mechanics

WHY DID MY SERPENTINE BELT COME LOOSE?

1998 Plymouth Voyager • 180,000 miles

Was driving and the power steering got real hard and van started overheating. I pulled over before it got all the way in the red. Twice but made it home. There wasnt any smoke or anything but when I lifted the hood I saw my (new) serpentine belt just hanging there. It is not torn, cracked or has any abrasions. What could have caused this?
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MikoB
November 6, 2011.



A bad belt tenisor have you checked that yet?


Saturntech9
Nov 6, 2011.
My vehical is a 1998 plym voyager! One pully is kind of loose! See diagram attched!


Tiny
MikoB
Nov 7, 2011.
The one in red is just your idler pulley it just spins with a bearing. The one in blue is your belt tenisor thats what keeps your belt tight if thats loose and wobbley thats your problem bad belt tenisor.


Saturntech9
Nov 7, 2011.
Thank you! I will update after repairs.


Tiny
MikoB
Nov 7, 2011.
Thank you! I will update after repair.


Tiny
MikoB
Nov 7, 2011.
Your welcome keep me posted.


Saturntech9
Nov 7, 2011.
Update: The mechanic put my belt back on and couldnt give me a reason why! I mentioned the tensioner
And he said it could be. Sad face. So I am hoping its just. Everything seems fine for now. Thank you!


Tiny
MikoB
Nov 10, 2011.
Your welcome keep me posted on what happens.


Saturntech9
Nov 10, 2011.