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Why would the AC belt keep breaking after having the belt tensioner for the AC replaced on a 2000 Chevy Silverado?


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2005-02-13 08:20:13
2005-02-13 08:20:13

Replace your a/c evaporator filter under dash. Liquid refrigerant is getting back to compressor causing belt to break.


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I cant answer that because alternator tensioner fell off and I'm having trouble finding one.

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This vehcile uses a serpentine belt. The belt tension is set automatically by the tensioner. If the tensioner is stuck and will not apply tension to the belt then it is defective and needs replacing.


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