why is my elt coming off when I use my windshield washer fluid?


Asked by Jan 04, 2014 at 09:47 AM about the 2005 Ford Taurus SEL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My belt keeps coming off. I filled my windshield washer fluid reservoir (spilling about 1/2 cup or so because my arm gave out) Then, when I started my car, the belt came off. Now it happens every time I use my washer fluid (it has happened two more times while driving, which really sucks!) Why is it doing this? The belt was replaced about 1 1/2 years ago.

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Tom Demyan

Are you talking about the Serpentine belt? If so, it sounds like you hav a leak in your windshield washer fluid reservoir which is spilling onto the belt, and then it slips off. I suspect the Belt tensioner needs replacing. It shouldn't be that loose that only liquid will throw it off. So replace the reservoir and the belt tensioner, and put a new belt on and you should be good.

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does the reservoir go empty soon after you fill it? how many miles on the belt and is it hot where you are at.. might just need a belt have you inspected it for cracks wear? hope this helps


Perhaps the washer fluid hose has sprung a leak and is squirting the belt each time you use the washers. But as Tom said it shouldn't cause a serpentine belt to fly off. Check the tentioner. It may be weak as well. HTH. - Jim

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