WHY DID MY SERPENTINE BELT COME LOOSE?

1998 Plymouth Voyager

Tiny

MikoB

November, 6, 2011 AT 11:38 PM

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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Tiny

saturntech9

November, 6, 2011 AT 11:46 PM

A bad belt tenisor have you checked that yet?

Tiny

MikoB

November, 7, 2011 AT 12:47 AM

My vehical is a 1998 plym voyager! One pully is kind of loose! See diagram attched!

Tiny

saturntech9

November, 7, 2011 AT 1:09 AM

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.

Tiny

MikoB

November, 7, 2011 AT 1:37 AM

Thank you! I will update after repairs.

Tiny

MikoB

November, 7, 2011 AT 1:38 AM

Thank you! I will update after repair.

Tiny

saturntech9

November, 7, 2011 AT 1:47 AM

Your welcome keep me posted.

Tiny

MikoB

November, 10, 2011 AT 1:58 AM

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

saturntech9

November, 10, 2011 AT 4:04 AM

Your welcome keep me posted on what happens.

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