97 chevy lumina belt question

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Old 10-25-08, 09:21 PM
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97 chevy lumina belt question

Problem is whenever i drive through a puddle of water steering wheel becomes very hard to turn and the volt light comes on the steering becomes hard to turn normally i pull over turn car off and on again and it gets my steering back a little faster. I believe this may have started last year when alternator went bad when changing alternator noticed the belt tentioner was cracked so went back to autozone and replaced that so on the car is a new alternator, Belt tentioner and i changed the belt too but what do you guys think might be causing my issue?
 
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Old 10-26-08, 05:57 AM
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No doubt it's belt slippage when the water gets up in there. I haven't heard that vehicle is particularly prone to this kind of problem. Are you sure they sold you the correct length belt? Not unusual to get a little slippage and belt squeeking when you hit a puddle, but as drastic as yours sounds I would think there has to be some problem with the belt or tension.
 
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Old 10-26-08, 07:51 AM
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belt is correct size and i do also believe it is related to belt slippage. Is it possible i bought a bad belt tensioner from autozone? I also forgot to mention that ac compressor was replaced also in the car recently so am thinking this might have something to do with it any thoughts on how i can rectify this problem?
 
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Old 10-26-08, 07:48 PM
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what brand of belt did you install, imo gates is the only way to go. barring that look for a tensioner that has a higher spring pressure than stock. napa usually has slightly better quality on some of those type of parts. but you can google alternaters and find aftermarket tensioners for some vehicles that are much better than stock.

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Belt was replaced when i replaced alternator july last year belt is a dayco belt. What course of action should i take here should i replace the tensioner the belt feels pretty tight on pulleys?
 
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