Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Belts came off

asked by on

While driving, I detected the smell of something burning. I stopped and opened the hood and noticed two belts unraveled, one broken, the other still intact, just off the pulleys.

A: Your vehicle uses two serpentine belts: one...

Your vehicle uses two serpentine belts: one for the accessories and one for the A/C. I have known the A/C belt tensioners to fail on these vehicles, causing damage to the belt. There is also a technical service bulletin (TSB) for pulley alignment issues which could cause your problem as well. The number of that TSB is 01-02-32-007, and it takes power steering pump pulley alignment may be the issue. A failed water pump, or any other belt driven component, could also cause your belt to shred apart. I suggest you have a trained professional inspect and repair your vehicle and replace your serpentine belt if necessary.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: whining noise front of engine, EVAP and temperature control

Hello, thank you for writing in. The first two symptoms may be related. Finding a leak in the EVAP system will take some time and focus. If the noise goes away after fixing the leak, then we know we can...

Q: Misfire in cylinder 6. GMC Sierra 1500.

Hey there. You need to have the engine compression tested to see if you have a leaking valve or rings. You could try to have the combustion chamber cleaned of carbon and see if the problem improves. This may be...

Q: Overheating

The heater not working in some cases may be related to the overheating problem you are also having. This may be due to a faulty heater blower motor or potentially a bad heater core. As you may know, the heater...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.