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Ignoring car problems costs more than fixing them right away. Never ignore if your car has rough shifting, a shaky steering wheel, or is smoking.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Drive Belt Tensioner
Common signs include grinding or squeaking noises coming from the belt, unusual belt wear, and belt-driven accessories like the alternator failing.
How Long Does a Drive Belt Tensioner Last?
In order to keep the proper tension on your vehicle's serpentine belt, a drive belt tensioner is used. This is a pulley that is either mounted to an adjustable pivot point...
How Belt Tensioners Work
The drive belt tensioner in your car is a small component that works in conjunction with the serpentine belt to ensure that everything in your engine works as it should. From time to time,...
How to Buy a Good Quality Drive Belt Tensioner
The drive belt – also known as a serpentine belt – keeps important components of your car’s accessory system running smoothly. The power steering, air conditioning, and sometimes even the water pump,...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Serpentine/Drive Belt
Common signs include a squealing noise from the front of the vehicle, power steering and AC not working, engine overheating, and cracks on the belt.
How Do Drive and Serpentine Belts Work?
The drive belt on your vehicle delivers power to the car’s engine, alternator, water pump, power steering pump, and air conditioner compressor. Usually, a car has one or two drive belts, and if there...
How Long Does a Serpentine/Drive Belt Last?
In order to operate, your car needs more than just a working engine and...
How to Tighten a Drive Belt
If you have just replaced your drive belt and you are noticing...
How to Replace Your Serpentine Belt
If your engine squeals in the morning when you first start it up, take a look at your serpentine belt under the hood. Any cracks, glazed areas, or...
How Long Does a Water Pump Pulley Last?
The pulleys and drive belts on a car help to ensure that everything is getting the power it needs. Without these components working properly, a car will usually not be able...
How to Adjust Drive Belts
Drive belts power electrical systems and other features in your car. An improperly adjusted drive belt can cause damage to your engine.
How to Check a Faulty Timing Belt Tensioner
The timing belt is a critical part of the automotive engine; if...
Why Serpentine Belt Replacements on Cars With Limited Clearance Can Be Tricky
Changing a serpentine belt is a service that can involve performing some difficult maneuvers on the engine, especially on cars with limited clearance.
How to Check Belts in Your Car
Engine drive belts are a crucial part of how your car functions. Knowing how to identify any issues with them can help prevent a breakdown.
How to Quiet a Noisy Drive Belt
The drive belt operates different accessories mounted on the engine. The best way to minimize it's noise is to adjust the drive belt to specification.
How to Replace a Serpentine Belt
Replacing the serpentine belt can be challenging, as it involves removing the tensioner and determining the correct route to install the new belt.
Understanding All the Drive Belts in Your Car
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engine on buick rendezvous is making squealing noise...was told may be a belt....was low on transmission fluid....could the two be
The belt squeals due to a loose or weak tensioner or one of the components that is driven by the belt. You should have the belt tension checked and then inspect the belt for damage and glaze indication of component...
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Joshua, I have a '02 Acura MDX with about 90K miles. It has always been garaged (since 2003). It's probably time to change the m
Since all the belts need to be removed to get to the timing belt I would recommend all accessory belts be replaced also. I would also recommend replacing the water pump and thermostat at the same time since the water...
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My Honda Civic 1989, has a issue on alternator overcharged. My a.c system has not worked since 2003, I left it alone. I am going t
Hello Tuan, thank you for writing in. The alternator and the air compressor are both driven and powered by the drive belt. If the belt does not look bad, worn, or old, then it is likely just fine. In this...
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Nissan Sentra 2007 problems with the tension pulley
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are a few things you need to look into. One, have you been buying the same brand of tensioner, and have they been warrantied? You may want to make sure you are getting...
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Belt is siezed? car starts whining as I accelerate and it starts smelling like burnt rubber
If noise is suspected from the serpentine belt or belt driven accessories and/or pulleys, just disconnect the belt and momentarily run the engine. If the noise goes away, all components driven by the belt need to be closely examined. If...
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My serpentine belt on my Volkswagen Passat cc 2009 snap. The ac stoped working. On a closer look it looks like the crank shaft pul
Hi...if all pulleys move freely and noiselessly, and all are in the same plane, and the tensioner is working correctly, the belt snapped either due to age (most likely) or a manufacturing defect. Assuming that no pulley bearings need replacement,...
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Idler pulley broke off metal it was attached to after results from a crooked pulley and multiple serpentine belt slips.
You're right in that the stress will be too great and it will come apart again. This is not something you can fix with glue. You will need to take off all of the broken parts and replace them with...
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I have a jeep laredo i ran through a puddle yesterday and every since its been making this weird squiling sound...
When you went through the water you may have got lots of dirt and debris on the belt that caused it to slip and get glazed over. The belt may need to be replaced. Have the noise and belt checked...
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My serpentine belt has come off(not broken) my 330xi 2001 BMW, first started the car and sounded really rough then smoke came out
You should check each pulley and tensioner or component driven by the belt to see if one of the components are seized that caused the belt to come off. Have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic to come to you...
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Why would one of my belts in my 2004 Volvo S40 get really thin
Hello. If the belt itself suddenly got really thin that is usually because the belt is old and has become brittle. When this occurs the belt will crack and start to come apart. Most of the time it splits in...
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I have a power steering issue after doing a donut. The pump no longer assists at idle, only when the rpms are up. No leaks and fl
Hello, thank you for writing in. The power steering pump has likely failed. The pump gets its power from the drive belt, if it is tight, the power steering pump should be supplying plenty of hydraulic pressure at idle speeds....
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Timing belt tensioner
There is a belt tensioner for the timing belt, and there is a belt tensioner for the serpentine belt. They are both important and at 15000 miles, you may want to replace both. However, the timing belt tensioner is critical...
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Approximately what size belt would I need without my a.c. compressor 06 c230
My guess is that your compressor has failed and the price of a new one is prohibitive. Without the compressor the angle of belt may or may not work but you'll just have to explore that. There is not a...
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Hello Peter, this is my first time using this site so bare with me. I own a 1998 Lexus LX 470. Recently after starting up my car a
The noise sounds like you have a problem with the belt and belt tensioner. Have these checked to see if the tension on the belt is set correct and belt is too loose. You may also have a pulley that...
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My car started to overheat outta nowhere then my ac and powering steering suddenly goes out and then I shut off the car b4 it got
You need to check to see if the water pump is leaking coolant on to the drive belts causing the belt to slip causing the a/c and power steering loss and overheating. I would recommend you do not drive it...
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How much money should it cost to replace a drive belt
You may have problems with the tensioner for the belt and not just the belt. Also the power steering should not stop when turning on the a/c. You should first have a mechanic inspect the belt and tensioner along with...
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Good afternoon Joe...I am getting alternator work done on a 2007 Chrysler 300 Touring/Limited. I am considering changing the belts
Your vehicle engine only has one long serpentine belt. One belt runs all accessories.
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I was wondering how much it would be to replace vehicle speed sensor and serpentine belt. 2005 dodge stratus SXT 2.4L.
Your engine have more than one belt and the cause of the noise could be any one of them and also could be the tensioners for the belts not holding enough tension on the belts. The speedometer may be a...
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I just took my 2010 Nissan Rogue to the dealership for a diagnostic, I was told my a/c compressor is bad and I also need a new dri
If the a/c compressor is binding or wobbling from bad compressor bearings then replacing the belt will not fix anything and the compressor may just tear up the new belt.

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