97 Lumina belt not lining up

Tiny
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About one month ago I replaced a broken serpintine belt on a 97 Chevy Lumina. Yesterday the replaced belt. It was shreaded! I replaced the belt tensioner because it was damaged when the belt broke. I also looked at all the pulleys to see what might have caused this.

I discovered that the main pulley from the camshaft that drives the belt does not line up with with the other pulleys. I checked the pulley on the camshaft and it is tight.

I installed a new belt and can see that the belt does not ride on the camshaft pulley correctly.

Is the misalignment of the camshaft pulley normal? If not what would have caused this and what can be done to correct this?

Thank you for your answer!
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Wednesday, January 11th, 2006 AT 10:24 AM

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Tiny
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If you mean the crankshaft then the balancer might be falling apart
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Wednesday, January 11th, 2006 AT 3:15 PM
Tiny
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You're funny. You obviously didn't bother to check any of the other hundreds of posts. We deal with people who can't understand that "doesn't start" can mean 10 different symptoms and causes, they get offended when asked to actually go out and do a few tests, they call us "hacks" when we don't have the advantage of standing next to the car to see and hear how it is running, and they're too lazy to state the engine size when asking an engine-related question. Some people can't be bothered to put a little punctuation in a huge sentence so it makes sense. If you don't have the time to write an understandable question, I don't have the time left in my life to try to figure out what you're asking. I proofread my replies multiple times and I still find mistakes later and things that could be interpreted multiple and incorrect ways. Many visitors here definitely do not proofread their questions and it's obvious they didn't put much thought or effort into what they wrote. I put just as much effort into my replies to those posts. Had you taken the initiative to search through some of the other posts before asking a new question, you would have seen that I write novels every day for some people, and very often I have over 50 replies back and forth, but I stick with the person until we find a solution, ... All for a "thank you".

We are former and current shop owners, mechanics, and instructors. We don't know the hourly labor rates in your area and we don't know what it will cost to fix your car. We can't estimate crash damage repair costs when we can't see what must be replaced or fixed. We don't know where to find parts in a salvage yard. You are in a better position to know those answers than we are, so if that's what your question was related to, don't expect a useful answer.

I have thousands of dollars worth of service manuals and I spend 40 bucks a month for my internet service so I can sit here for hours providing free answers, then some inconsiderate idiot like you with no manners comes along. I'll bet you're a left-wing liberal fool who thinks we owe you our time and experience for free. I noticed you didn't list the original problem because you might actually get an answer, then you wouldn't have anything to whine and snivel about. You even robbed me of the opportunity to qualify the answer you originally got, so as happens too frequently, I have to guess at what happened.

The first possibility is you couldn't take the time to list all the symptoms and observations, or provide any details, history leading up to the problem, or troubleshooting steps you tried already, and the results. Most of us will ask for more information in the form of short, to-the-point questions so we don't have to type answers to all the possibilities we can think of. That's not you're answer we're giving you. That's a starting point for the conversation. I have one on-going conversation right now that is up to well over 50 replies. YOU apparently expect an instant answer. If we were that good, there would be no need for mechanics to diagnose problems.

The second possibility is you don't have the patience to wait for an answer. Sometimes I have my nose stuck in a service manual for over an hour so I can reply with accurate information in one or two sentences. Sometimes I turn the computer off while I sleep for 7 or 8 hours straight, then the first thing I do when I wake up is to check for replies to see how you made out since the last time we exchanged information, THEN I think about getting something to eat. Sometimes we're busy typing replies to other people. We don't sit here breathlessly watching the screen for a reply from you so we can post another message without making you wait. Sometimes WE wait more than a day for an answer to our questions. Sometimes people pick up where they left off a month ago, then we have to reread everything to refresh our memory so we can continue on. Meanwhile other people are waiting for us to respond, and they don't act like bratty children, as you did, when we don't drop everything to cater to just them. Do you act like that when you interact with people face-to-face? If you behaved in such a childish manner in my shop, you'd be asked to leave. I have too many good customers. I don't need to waste my time with the likes of you. People like you will complain no matter what we do or how much we try to help. We know you never learned to show appreciation so why should we bother with you? Anyone you would complain about us to already knows you're a whiner so they won't give much credence to your rants.

Third, you didn't bother to say who posted an answer to your question. Was the person listed as an "expert" with the number of responses they've provided so far? Sometimes visitors to this site post replies they think will help, but then your question shows up on our lists as having already been answered, so we don't read them. I read every question that hasn't gotten a reply yet even if I think I won't know the answer. I only reply to those I'm pretty sure I can see through to a conclusion. If yours is listed as having received an answer, most of us won't read it, so if you don't like the answer you got, you are welcome to post it again, ... For free. It's shameful that you would even complain about a site where you're allowed to ask a question for free. You have nothing invested. We have a lot of time, money, and resources invested for YOUR benefit. You're welcome.

Fourth, there is no 2013 Chevy Astro Van. That disaster went away after 2005 in the U.S. And after 2012 in Europe. Every mechanic knows General Motors is one of the three least customer-friendly manufacturers in the world. That's one of the reasons they couldn't sell their products. They had too few repeat customers so they have to resort to misleading advertising and sales gimmicks to get new suckers into their very high-pressure showrooms. Then they end up with all kinds of electrical problems due to the excessive use of inappropriate technology in the form of computers that do things computers were never needed for before. When a problem develops, you come here looking for free information, (a handout, if you will), rather than taking the vehicle to a mechanic. A 2013 model will still be under warranty so you'll get your free service at the dealership, unless, of course, they don't want to deal with your childish behavior either.

I just got the bill for my own web site so I have an idea what the site owners here are paying to allow us to provide you free information. They don't owe that to you. Just like those "free" government handouts, this can be taken away at any time. It's for the respectful and courteous people they keep this site running for YOUR benefit. I think you owe the site owners a huge apology.
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Sunday, December 9th, 2012 AT 11:56 PM
Tiny
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Hi guys. Apparently the question my reply went to got deleted and this one came up in its place. That reply for was for a snot-nosed immature kid who was whining about the answer he got. It was not intended for either of you guys. Don't know why it defaulted to your post, Oreo, so please disregard it.
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Monday, December 10th, 2012 AT 12:15 AM

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