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Mabolzich

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Ortonville, MI
Corvette
1998 Pewder Coupe-1986 Red Coupe
Guys,
I have a 1998 C5 coupe. It has the habit of trashing serpentine belts, the alternator, water pump, etc., every 10,000 miles or so. I'm using Gatorback belts and they work great, no squeaks, but they fail. I was wondering if this is a reoccurring problem or is there something wrong with my pulley system. I've also had this problem with my 1986 Vette. I carry, in each car, a replacement belt and a 15mm wrench. The tensioner and the idler pulleys are 3 years old and seem to feel smooth and noise free. I changed it in the dark, in the inner city last night and I'd like to figure out what's going on. If it does happens, it happens when I hammer it. Jest lookin' for a little experienced help. Thanks, Dan
 

jrose7004

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Aug 5, 2004
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8,647
Location
Oklahoma City, OK
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10 Grand Sport Coupe
I've had both a 98 Coupe and a 04 Coupe and didn't ever have problems with the belt. Sounds like you've got some kind of a problem with the pulley alignment. Good luck with the problem.
 
Joined
Oct 20, 2008
Messages
923
Location
Portage, Indiana
Corvette
2010 Grand Sport Vert JS Blue
Guys,
I have a 1998 C5 coupe. It has the habit of trashing serpentine belts, the alternator, water pump, etc., every 10,000 miles or so. I'm using Gatorback belts and they work great, no squeaks, but they fail. I was wondering if this is a reoccurring problem or is there something wrong with my pulley system. I've also had this problem with my 1986 Vette. I carry, in each car, a replacement belt and a 15mm wrench. The tensioner and the idler pulleys are 3 years old and seem to feel smooth and noise free. I changed it in the dark, in the inner city last night and I'd like to figure out what's going on. If it does happens, it happens when I hammer it. Jest lookin' for a little experienced help. Thanks, Dan

Probably an idler or tensioner pulley problem.
 

dadaroo

Gone but not forgotten
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Nov 27, 2013
Messages
530
Location
Columbia, SC
Corvette
2001 Convertibla, Navy Blue and Light Oak
Any issue with the A/C belt?

First, I agree to check alignment. Look close also at the damper and see if you notice any "wobble".
 

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