Serpentine blt comes of in rain

Serpentine blt comes of in rain

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Gerald A Reason

Marrero, LA

#1 Jan 18, 2006
I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. In the rain, the serpentine belt keeps coming off when we hit a puddle. I have replaced the tention arm and it still comes off. I have checked the alinement of the pullies and they are all in line. I think that some type of shield has been knocked off and is allowing water to come up from the road onto the belt causing it to slip. No one arund her ecan tell me what I need to do. Has anyone had the same problem and how did you fix it?
Leonard

United States

#2 Mar 11, 2006
I have the same problem that has not been solved. Will post when I find a solution. I have a 1994 Grand Caravan LE.

LennyMac
Gerald A Reason wrote:
I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. In the rain, the serpentine belt keeps coming off when we hit a puddle. I have replaced the tention arm and it still comes off. I have checked the alinement of the pullies and they are all in line. I think that some type of shield has been knocked off and is allowing water to come up from the road onto the belt causing it to slip. No one arund her ecan tell me what I need to do. Has anyone had the same problem and how did you fix it?
James

Little Rock, AR

#3 Mar 23, 2006
I have a dodge grandcaravan 2000 model and the serpentine belt breaks about every six months. I have replaced the tension arm. It is my understanding that this is very common with this model. Any suggestion would be helpful. I would never own a another dodge.
Eric

Orlando, FL

#4 Jun 11, 2006
Hiya, Marerro, I grew up in Gretna... Mine slips off whenever I turn sharp when it rains, quite inconvenient. Here are a few possibilities I'm going to discuss with my mechanic:

The bearings in one of the other pulleys has failed. When this happens, the pulley doesn't track straight. Drop the belt and physically inspect each pulley to see if it has play in the bearings. Also, check to see if one or more of the pulleys hasn't seized up.

I just bought a 97 3.0 and it was chewing up the serpentine belt. Try this. Take 2 fender washers. Remove the belt and remove the alternator. Place the washer between the back of the alternator and the bracket. I read that if the pulleys become misaligned it will cause the pulleys to chew up the belt. This worked on my van on getting the belt straight now I just have to elimante the sqweak!

Goodyear has adressed this problem and now offers a field fix kit for 1996-2000 3.0L engine. Find your local Goodyear distributor and ask for the 49204K field fix kit.

Buy the Goodyear field fix kit. The TSB for the "snow shield" doesn't work. The 49204K kit from Goodyear fixes the problem once and for all.
Stephanie

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Jul 6, 2006
I have a 2000 Caravan and I have had the belt fixed 4 times. Even had it replaced along with the pullies once. With the rain we just got the last couple of week, all it took was pulling down the driveway. Talk about an inconvenience. At least you guys can fix your own. I have to wait until someone can come and help me. I wish I could do it myself. Have you tried the 49204K? How much is it? Does it work?
Darryl

Toronto, Canada

#6 Jul 24, 2006
I have ran a back parts department for Canadian Tire for 15years, this department supplies the service department mechanics withparts. I have see this problem with Caravans since 1990. Chrysler sells a metal shield that bolts on the outer side of the tensioner pully. It works and is arould $20 CND.
Stephanie

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Jul 24, 2006
Thanks so much. I am willing to try anything. The Dodge dealership told me to bring it in and they would look at it, but at the same time they told me there is no fix for the problem. Why am I bringing it in if you can't fix it??? Is there a part number I should ask for?$20 is cheap to fix this headache.
Darryl

Stittsville, Canada

#8 Jul 25, 2006
I not sure of the parts number but in canada we call it a snow shield. And I guarantee that this is a simple fix. If the dealer says they can't fix it take it to another dealer. If your stuck I will call dodge and get the part number for you.
Stephanie

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Jul 27, 2006
Thanks Darryl. It figures only a fellow Canadian could help me with this (I'm from Labrador). I'll let you know what I find out.
Mark

Allentown, PA

#10 Aug 15, 2006
I got a copy of a technical service bulletin from Chrysler for this problem. The bulletin number is 07-02-99.

I have a 1997 Dodge Caravan Sport and have the same problem.

It seems that the engine mount bracket needs to be replaced because the idler pully is also mounted to it. Over time the bracket begins to wear (bend) and throws the idler pully out of alignment.

The Chrysler part number for the bracket is 04612412 and the cost should be just under $50 US. Chrysler also recommends that the belt be replaced also but since I just bought one 2 months ago I am gonna use it.

I just ordered mine today and will post later to let you all know how it works.
Bryan

West Chester, OH

#11 Aug 25, 2006
I have a 2000 Grand Caravan. The serp belt has come off twice now, once after the tensioner pulley sheared off from the engine. Are the p/n's you gave for your 1997 model good for the 2000? In earlier posts above someone mentions the Goodyear Field Kit and there is the snow kit refernce too. Both of those sound like shields to prevent moisture from gettting on the belts, but both of my mishaps were on dry days.
darrin

East Bernstadt, KY

#12 Aug 29, 2006
Bryan wrote:
I have a 2000 Grand Caravan. The serp belt has come off twice now, once after the tensioner pulley sheared off from the engine. Are the p/n's you gave for your 1997 model good for the 2000? In earlier posts above someone mentions the Goodyear Field Kit and there is the snow kit refernce too. Both of those sound like shields to prevent moisture from gettting on the belts, but both of my mishaps were on dry days.
Ihad the same problum on my 98.Ireplaced the belt tensioner itself problum is solved.You might try that.
Brian

Willingboro, NJ

#13 Sep 2, 2006
Eric. i have been trying to locate the kit (49204K kit from Goodyear)you reccomened for this... please let me know where to find it. It sounds like a winner, and i am so tired of putting this belt back on. At least it doesnt break when it falls off! if you want , please email me at [email protected]..
Thanks,
-BRian
Buy the Goodyear field fix kit. The TSB for the "snow shield" doesn't work. The 49204K kit from Goodyear fixes the problem once and for all.
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Brian

Willingboro, NJ

#14 Sep 2, 2006
i have located the kit and it sounds like it will work to fix ALL of these issues... you can get it at NAPA or cheaper if you order it online... Gates makes the kit. The gates part # is 38342K. Here is a site that describes it and sells it for 99 bucks. http://www.midwayautosupply.com/detailedprodu...
NAPA wants 154 for it...
-Brian
Arctic Fox

Tucson, AZ

#15 Sep 3, 2006
Same problem with belt slipping off after going through a puddle.

1993 Plymouth Sudance Duster v6 4-speed auto.
Stephanie

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Sep 5, 2006
The kit that Goodyear sells sounds great, but, it only works on 97 or earlier. Although some people say the snow shield doesn't work, I have to give it a try.
Steve

Louisville, KY

#17 Sep 11, 2006
Good news for 3.3L and 3.8L Caravans
Just got an email from GATES on their belt fix it kit. They have a kit for 3.3L and 3.8L coming out Dec 1.
Larry

Mesa, AZ

#18 Sep 12, 2006
Steve wrote:
Good news for 3.3L and 3.8L Caravans
Just got an email from GATES on their belt fix it kit. They have a kit for 3.3L and 3.8L coming out Dec 1.
Any place other than Midway to purchase the kit when it comes out for the 3.8L? I have emaild MIdway to death and no reply from them ever. Do you know if NAPA will carry these as well?
AJ in Highland Park

United States

#19 Sep 17, 2006
I have run into the same problem on my 1998 Caravan. If your pulleys align then your tensioner may not be level (was put on incorrectly), even though it is new it may not have the proper tensioning strength (all you can do is buy another, when you replaced the tensioner you forgot to replace the serpentine, and/or you are missing the shield that goes below the bottom front (closest to the radiator)pulley (which is groved). Because of the Caravan's questionable engineering pulley placement design the effect of lots of water on the road or deep snow on the lower pulleys (although groved) can cause the serpentine to come off.
JB Seattle

Bellingham, WA

#20 Sep 23, 2006
I have a 2000 Grand Caravan with 67k miles. The serpentine belt came off in a rain storm on a freeway first time but was able to get off the road without a wreck and towed home. Replaced the tensior and belt again one month ago. Belt fell off again on 9/22 after going through a 2 inch deep mud puttle but managed to muscle it home without power steering. Largest Dodge dealer in the area was no help on ideas to fix the problem. Goodyear shop says it has the kit mentioned on this site but it is about a $280 fix. Option is to not drive in Seattle due to rain so I will get the kit installed and try it out. Will post results. Filed a complaint with Natl Hwy Safety Admin on dangerous design, ie it could get you killed if you don't have arms like Popeye to pull out of a turn or intersection when it falls off.

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