1997 Dodge Caravan serp. Belt

Tiny
CBEST12
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 195,000 MILES
Replaced belt twice and it still makes squeeling sound
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 AT 12:44 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Sight along side the belt between various pulleys to be sure they're all lined up. If it's sticking out in one spot, suspect a worn tensioner pulley. The arm will bend out a little. The tensioner pulley, being off-center, will cause the belt to slide sideways across it as it goes around it.

If pulley alignment is not an issue, be sure the spring-loaded arm moves freely. As a last resort, buy a belt from the dealership parts department with a "Q" at the beginning of the part number, (Quiet).

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Friday, February 26th, 2010 AT 4:22 AM
Tiny
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1. Belt tensioner spring is weak. If so, tensioner must be replaced.

2. Wrong size belt, or belt not routed correctly -- double-check the diagram that should be in the engine compartment.

3. Sticking or binding accessory (power steering pump, water pump, alternator, A/C compressor, idler pulley, etc.). With the belt off, you should be able to turn all of those pulleys by hand without much resistance and you should not feel any play if you try to wobble them side-to-side.
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Monday, March 1st, 2010 AT 2:18 AM

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