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.
Average mileage: 155,051 (92,000–210,000)
Engine affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder
11 model years affected: 1992
, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
28 people reported this problem
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
At around 170k the belt popped off one day after driving through some semi deep water but nothing higher than a football. About 4 months later this happened again out of nowhere. The again about 3 months later. Then I noticed the tensioner was a little loose and a squeal every once in a while. Finally This Sunday, at around 190k the tension started to break apart only 2 miles from home. I got the belt back on and on turn over it exploded apart. Car had to be towed home and now about to replace the tensioner. PS: Does anyone know who the engineer is that gave the ok to put this thing half an inch away directly beside the frame rail? I'd like to meet him!