Serpentine belt breaking

Asked by Jun 02, 2017 at 11:15 PM about the 2002 Pontiac Grand Am

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My serpentine belt has broke/shredded 4 times! This last
time it looks like 1/2 ribs was pulled off each side like
string cheese, it was still attached to all pulleys and I was
able to drive home. Ac compressor, and tensioner have
pulley was replaced when last belt was put
one...yesterday! Didn't even last 24 hours! I need help
cause I use this car for me and my son and I'm scared to
drive every time I replace it..picture I attached is the belt
we just replaced before the new one shredded too!

3 Answers

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That first pulley looks warped. I'd be looking at the pulleys, tensioner, idlers, alignment issues ect.

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When you put the belt on. Everything is moving smoothly, no catching or sounds, I just replaced the belt tensioner and ac compressor yesterday.

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Something is either out of alignment with the pulleys or one of the pulleys, idler pulley, may not be turning. Or I see a lot of build up in the power steering pulley from the belt. You can not just throw a serpentine belt on without cleaning out all the grooves in each pulley. Look to see that when putting on the serpentine belt that every pulley is in line with each other, no pulleys cocked. The belt must run true.

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