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
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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.
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.
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
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 170,000 mi,
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!
1992 Chevrolet Cavalier - 2.2L 4 Cylinder
Just bought the car. The tensioner squeals and I plan on replacing it
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier - 2.2L 4 Cylinder
Belt broke a few months ago so i fixed it. Now i have squealing not sure yet what the cause it. Have heard/read it could be any of a number of things but the a/c tension is not moving
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 163,000 mi,
spring on tensioner failed, throwing belt
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 155,000 mi,
Serpentine belt came off, getting it replaced
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
1999 Chevrolet Cavalier - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 170,000 mi,
supposedly it gets replaces before 100,000 and now i hear it again.. it's a cavy thing.
1998 Chevrolet Cavalier - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 164,000 mi,
ive changed this 4 times in the last 6 months!