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.
Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Cavalier Serpentine Belt Tensioner May Fail
Chevrolet Cavalier Problem
Engine Affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder
Average Mileage: 153,468 mi (92,000 mi - 187,872 mi)
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!