I just had to replace my serpentine belt and now its making a noise like a gas powered scooter.

Asked by Dec 06, 2013 at 12:56 AM about the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My charging system light came
on and I heard a noise like I had
a bunch of rocks hitting under
my car. I pull over to see if I was
draging some tree limbs but I
saw nothing.  I put the hood my
belt is gone and in shreads like
Freddie cougar got hold of it. I
drive it tp pepboys they put on a
new one but told me I had a leak.
My belt was only going to break
again and that I needed to get
my engine cleaned because it
was too hard to tell where it was
coming from because it was too
dirty. Once it gets clean bring it
back so the tech can use this
spray and special glasses to see
just where its leaking.  Im going
to say power steering because I
keep having to replace it
because my stearing wheel
starts to make that rubbing
noise. So I add the fluid and it
goes away for a month or two
and im adding more fluid.
Something I forgot to mention
when I was at pepboys.  Any
help will do. Again my car is 04
Chevy Malibu classic

1 Answer

Power steering fluid is caustic to rubber and actually can desolve the belt to the cords and poof! Shredded belt also check that all pulleys turn freely minus the crank.a siezed idler or tensioner or accy can destroy belt in short order too.I personally don't recomend using cheap chinese parts spend the money on the good stuff and be happy or go cheap and do it sooner w annoying chirping from belt.

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