Serpentine Belt Tensioner May Fail on Chevrolet Cavalier

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.

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Average mileage: 154,606 (92,000–210,000)
Engine affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder
11 model years affected: 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
25 people reported this problem
9 people shared problem details
1999 Chevrolet Cavalier- 2.2L 4 Cylinder141,000
belt idler pulley or belt tensioner broke off while coming home from Reno, Nv last night.
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spring on tensioner failed, throwing belt
Just bought the car. The tensioner squeals and I plan on replacing it
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
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier- 2.2L 4 Cylinder147,801
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.
Serpentine belt came off, getting it replaced
1992 Chevrolet Cavalier- 2.2L 4 Cylinder120,000
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
1999 Chevrolet Cavalier- 2.2L 4 Cylinder170,000
supposedly it gets replaces before 100,000 and now i hear it again.. it's a cavy thing.
1998 Chevrolet Cavalier- 2.2L 4 Cylinder164,000
ive changed this 4 times in the last 6 months!
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The tensioners under warranty & they replaced it . Had 2 after market parts & 2 GM parts
i put on the belt but cant find where to tighten it.

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