Serpentine Belt Tensioner May Fail on Pontiac Sunfire

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 130,989 (55,000–192,548)
Engine affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder
10 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
30 people reported this problem
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Clicking noise coming from car while being driven and during idle. Turned out to be the serpentine belt tensioner was not functioning properly. Repaired for $160 total
This the 2nd Sunfire in 2 yrs to have the power steering go out and the tensioner pulley slip the belt. 2000 and 2001 car.
belt came off 3-4 times
A loud clanking, slapping sound suddenly began coming from under the hood while driving. The car was driving fine before and during. I did not feel safe driving, so I pulled over and had the car towed. The service center was able to diagnose the problem as the main drive belt and tensioner. The belt was in bad shape. It cost $300 to replace.
My car started up fine no noise, no clicking, nothing. I put it in reverse and it just stopped, I kept trying to
start it wouldn't turn over and it hasn't started since. I was told its the timing belt. It hasn't been fixed yet I'm sending it to a shop next week.
HAD THIS PROBLEM TOOK IT TO THE DEALER AND THEY REPLACED IT BUT IT COST ME $652.00
rattling noise from under hood. tensioner fixed it
squealing noise under the hood
wondering what the cost is replace it, squeaks like crazy!
came apart in pieces