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Thread: serpentine belt problems

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    steelybill is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    serpentine belt problems

    I have had a lot of trouble keeping the belt on my 4.1 POS since I owned it. I bought a new tensioner when the pulley went bad, but doesn't line up very good with the rest of the pulleys. I had to make some tapered shims to tip the tensioner a bit, to keep the belt on. This this thing has went through more that six belts since I owned it. I'm beginning to wonder if the mount casting that holds the alternator ( that's new too ), is possibly bent (?) Not usual for a casting to bend, but it sure doesn't hold things in line very good. I'm also wondering where I can find another mount casting, which may be better than this one (?)


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    Re: serpentine belt problems

    Have you tried the junkyards? Don't know what you have up there.

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    Re: serpentine belt problems

    I have lost belts because of loose water pump pulley bolts fix was new bolts and lock tight.Mike

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    Re: serpentine belt problems

    I looked closer at the mount today, and I see it's part of the power steering pump casting (?) ...anyway, it looks like I can shift the angle of the mount by loosening the front bolts, and shimming the rear mount bolt ear, to tip the casting a bit...


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