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: 155,051 (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
27 people reported this problem
10 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.
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier- 2.2L 4 Cylinder170,000
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!
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.
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
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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