• Tiny
  • Kbeall
  • 1998 Dodge Caravan

Engine Performance problem
1998 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 178, 00 miles

We had a new engine put in the van, shortly after on a very rainy day it threw the serpentine belt, the shop failed to put the shield back on under the car, I thought putting this back on would fix the problem. It didn't every time it rains hard or snows it throws the belt off. I have had to put the belt back on at least 20 times. The belt does not appear to have any kinks or twists in it. What causes this or what should I look for to fix this? Is this a recall or waranty issue. I know that it is a safety issue because I lose my power steering while driving.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 AT 12:13 PM

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  • Tiny
  • obxautomedic
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This has become a common problem with Dodge and Plymouth. There is a Conversion Kit that will fix the problem. Kits are listed.

Belt Conversion Kit - V-Ribbed Belt to Dual Sided V-Ribbed Belt

Engine:3.0 L 181 CID V6 SOHC;
NBH 38342K

Engine:3.3 L 201 CID V6 OHV (Pushrod Engine);
NBH 38379K

Engine:3.8 L 230 CID V6;
NBH 38379K


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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 AT 1:27 PM

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