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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
Your car’s engine has a number of mechanical parts attached to it that perform essential functions...

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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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Do I Need to reset the timing when the Serpentine belt breaks?
Loosing the serpentine belt should not affect the engine timing. But it sounds like you have some other problem. The first thing that comes to mind is that the harmonic balancer may be coming apart. The harmonic balancer is a...
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Smoke coming from my engine
You might be spot on about the AC. Or it could be any other belt driven accessory that is locked up. It could be an alternator , an idler or tensioner, or even a power steering pump. It sounds like...
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Engine chirp chirp chrip
Most likely the noise is coming from the drive belt. You can try to spray some wd40 on the belt and see if the noise goes away since the belt may be dried out. If the noise does not go...
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My serpentine belt keeps shredding
You should check all the pulleys turn freely. You may find one of the pulleys or accessories are seized like a bad tensioner pulley or a/c compressor pulley is seized and needs replaced.
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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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ran hot belt broke and my fan is bent
You may need to replace the bent fan or it will be out of balance and damage other components. The belt will need to be inspected to see why it came off. You may have a seized component like the...
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Caddillac cts 03...I changed the water pump, took off belt and ...now I hear a ticking noise
Inspect the belts and look for any cuts or tears in the belts. Also look for loose or misaligned belts. Since you did not hook up vacuum pump you may need to install this belt also. If noise contines then...
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Hi Casey I noticed last night that my temperature light came on on my dashboard. My wheels are completely lock and I'm not able to
The problem sounds like one of the engine drive belts is broken and not charging, running water pump or power steering causing the problem. Look at engine drive belts and see if one or all are missing or broken. ...
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I believe my serpentine belt is split, do I need to replace my alternator if it won't crank?
If your serpentine drive belt broke or is damaged then you will need to find out if one or of your accessories are seized or damaged. If engine does not turn over then you may have a dead battery from...
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I put a new belt on my 98 Taurus...now it's a squeaky noise..I think from the pulley can this be fixed
You should remove the belt and turn and wiggle each pulley, water pump and a/c pulley to see if you can determine the one that is making the noise and then replace the bad part. The a/c pulley, tensioner or...
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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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How to tighten a serpentine belt ?
Hello, thank you for writing in. You cannot tighten a serpentine belt. There are two considerations to make. One, is that the belt stretches out over time, and will end up being too long to function correctly. In this case,...
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I have a 2011 Audi A4 Avant 2.0 turbo and my car just started screeching we the idle is low. It sounds like a belt is slipping
You're probably right, but there are a number of things that can give you a screeching noise including the belt tensioner itself. The front of the A4 engine is notoriously difficult to see, in most cases the front body panel...
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car losing power and slipping
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be suffering from a large number of issues. You are going to want to start with the most obvious and likely to fail at almost 200,000 miles. Starting with the "slipping"...
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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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Battery light & Brake light
If you lost steering power and charge light is on then you should check to see if the serpentine belt has come off for some reason? If lost belt then this would account for the loss of charging and power...
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Car squeals loudly when turning on and also at times when accelerating with the A.C. on
If the belt is in good condition and is tightened properly, then suspicion falls on the accessories that it is driving. You could be right about the alternator bearings, but it's premature to replace the alternator. It could also be...
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2004 acura mdx timing belt service: what components do you recommend replacing
Hello, thank you for writing in. When changing the timing belt, it is often recommended to change the water pump, chain tensioner, and the gaskets involved with accessing the timing chain. The price is vary greatly depending on what kind...

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