The serpentine belt tensioner can fail; it may become noisy and/or the belt may jump off. Replacement of the failed tensioner will be necessary.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Cavalier Serpentine Belt Tensioner May Fail
Chevrolet Cavalier Problem
Engine Affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder
Average Mileage: 154,606 mi (92,000 mi - 210,000 mi)
Visitor, 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 141,000 mi
belt idler pulley or belt tensioner broke off while coming home from Reno, Nv last night.
Visitor, 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, 163,000 mi
spring on tensioner failed, throwing belt
Just bought the car. The tensioner squeals and I plan on replacing it
Visitor, 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, 2.2L 4 Cylinder
have replaced the serpentine belt 4 times each time at the 1st start of the day there's an awful squealing noise that lasts for about 5 to 10 minutes then stops, within the next 5 starts the belt shreds all on the inner side closest to the motor
Visitor, 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 147,801 mi
loud squealing that is on and off, it only does it every once in a while. But the longer the car runs the worse it gets.
Visitor, 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, 155,000 mi
Serpentine belt came off, getting it replaced
Visitor, 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 120,000 mi
Not only newer ones, have an 88 and a 92 which do it as well. not worth fixing if you can stand the noise haha
supposedly it gets replaces before 100,000 and now i hear it again.. it's a cavy thing.
Visitor, 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 164,000 mi
ive changed this 4 times in the last 6 months!