Serpentine Belt Tensioner May Fail on Pontiac Sunfire

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: 127,680 (55,000–192,548)
Engine affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder
10 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
25 people reported this problem
8 people shared problem details
2002 Pontiac Sunfire- 2.2L 4 Cylinder90,000
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
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2000 Pontiac Sunfire- 2.2L 4 Cylinder185,000
belt came off 3-4 times
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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.
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2000 Pontiac Sunfire- 2.2L 4 Cylinder94,000
squealing noise under the hood
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.
2000 Pontiac Sunfire- 2.2L 4 Cylinder127,300
wondering what the cost is replace it, squeaks like crazy!
2003 Pontiac Sunfire141,000
HAD THIS PROBLEM TOOK IT TO THE DEALER AND THEY REPLACED IT BUT IT COST ME $652.00
1998 Pontiac Sunfire- 2.2L 4 Cylinder192,548
came apart in pieces
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