Q: Q: Serpentine belt came off

asked by on

The serpentine belt came off all of the pulleys except one. It is the biggest pulley on the bottom left side.

A thrown belt is generally caused by either a seized peripheral - such as an alternator - AC compressor, or possibly a faulty tensioner or idler pulley. It is often suggested that if a belt has been thrown, that the belt be replaced, if all pulleys and peripherals check out fine. It is imperative that the belt be routed correctly, and installed properly, on each of the pulleys’ guide tracks. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who can inspect all of the pulleys and drive items, and who can also properly install a belt to prevent damage from the belt being thrown in the future.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Serpentine belt came off

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: I was driving and my raidiator busted and my car shut down and It won’t start

Lending cars, Whew! it never turns out well. Its hard to imagine all those things going at once. The only scenario I can come up with is that the serpentine belt may have failed, possibly damaging the radiator, but also...

Q: Is it normal for the crankshaft pulley to be stuck if the car is off. The serpentine belt is removed.

The only pulleys you should be able to turn by hand when the serpentine belt is not in place are: the water pump, alternator, and power steering pump pulleys. The air conditioning compressor has a clutch on it that should...

Q: Q: Oil temperature hotter and hotter

Hello there, the vehicle's oil temperature is critical for proper operation. An increase in oil temperatures can be due to a variety of different items. The most common would be due to low oil level, failing oil pump, improper oil...

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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.