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Old 08-30-2009, 09:30 AM
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Unhappy Squealing belt?????

Please someone tell me I dont have to listen to this forever. I have a 2001 v8 5.2 and there is a terrible squeal coming from the belt. I have replaced Idler pulley, Tensioner & Pulley, Water pump & pulley, Powersteering pump & pulley,and the crankshaft pulley. I have tried the wide spectrum of belts available from the cheapest 10 dollar one to they more expensive versions, I think i have a dayco belt on right now. The sound goes away for about 10 minutes after I swap the belt out ( each time) but comes back. It used to only happen when it was damp outside or cold. If I spray a lubricant on the ribbed side of the belt it shuts up until the lube wears off. I have tried to use a stethescope on everyone of the pulleys but I cant seem to pinpoint the problem spot. Do I have any options other than replacing the remaining a/c compressor and alternator on the serpentine system?
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:40 AM
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just to be clear , are these belts your trying brand new or used ?

My belt made some terrible noises last yr , it looked fine and was only a yr old , replacement cured it up . I also couldn't pinpoint the noise , deffinately a belt thing

If your charging system is weak , it could also be the issue , how's the voltage , battery condition etc
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:16 AM
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when you got a new tensioner did you adjust it correctly? there is an alignment mark on the side of it. how is the tension on the belt? i've been told that if you grab the longest part of the belt between 2 pulleys that you shouldn't be able to twist it more than 1/4 turn with two fingers.
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:19 AM
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I was wondering the same thing. My belt was squealing forever until I changed my belt and as soon as it got rainy out and I drove around, it came back (that was a day or two after I got the new belt). It is pretty annoying....
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Old 08-30-2009, 02:17 PM
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i had this same problem for a long time and tried jsut about everything you have tried. I did get the squeak to stop for good i went to my dodge dealership and asked around abit and every mechanic i askes said that sometimes when engines are installed a pulley or pulley assembly is mounted at a angle in some direction, none in particular, and it causes the squealing. I was recommended to just go to my hardware store and get a can of Silicone Spray. its like WD-40 but its not an oil base lubricant it sprays on dries and stays that way till washed off. They said it wouldnt cause my belt to slip and so far it hasnt and maybe occasionally id have to put some on again after washing my engine. Up to this day its been about 2 months and ive only sprayed it 2 times and it doesnt squeak anymore.

Not sure if anyone here will argue that its stupid to put a lubricant on your serpentine belt, i agree, but i had extra belts and that squeal drove me nuts so i tried it and so far ive honeslty never had it slip.
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I've been dealing with a squeal as well, and last night I found it. Look at the back of your belt, and see if it has a glossy appearance to it. If it does, you can take a medium grit sanding block and "lightly" let it buff that finish off of the belt. It eliminated my squeal all together. Turns out that was slipping in a few places on the back side of the belt, and it just polished both of the pulleys and the belt.
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belts squeal when they get wet, (commonly know fact) to solve this problem, get some wd-40 spray it on the belt with the engine running, and it will stop. you need something thats oil based so it doesnt wash away with water, and it will not cause your belt to slip, if your tensioner is doing its job.


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I've been dealing with a squeal as well, and last night I found it. Look at the back of your belt, and see if it has a glossy appearance to it. If it does, you can take a medium grit sanding block and "lightly" let it buff that finish off of the belt. It eliminated my squeal all together. Turns out that was slipping in a few places on the back side of the belt, and it just polished both of the pulleys and the belt.

lol you can put your hand in there by the fan, but id like to keep my fingers, as i have plenty of good uses for them...like typing this response... lol.
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WD-40 never worked for me on my belt so i suppose if one doesnt try the other. most people have WD laying around so if that doesnt work then try a non oil, the silcone spray will soak in better than the WD thats how it was explained to me and how it worked.
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lol you can put your hand in there by the fan, but id like to keep my fingers, as i have plenty of good uses for them...like typing this response... lol.
Um, no. Go look at your truck right now, and tell me which side of the belt is showing going from the tensioner pulley and the alternator. That's where I held the block. You don't even have to bear down on it, just a light touch and it will accomplish the job just fine.
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Um, no. Go look at your truck right now, and tell me which side of the belt is showing going from the tensioner pulley and the alternator. That's where I held the block. You don't even have to bear down on it, just a light touch and it will accomplish the job just fine.

ok ok, you got me. lol. i forgot about that spot. you win.


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WD-40 never worked for me on my belt so i suppose if one doesnt try the other. most people have WD laying around so if that doesnt work then try a non oil, the silcone spray will soak in better than the WD thats how it was explained to me and how it worked.

and wd always worked for me, but then again, i only have 52,000 on the clock too. thats also used to lube your window tracks, if you ever have a winow that hangs spary some of that in the track up and down, then work the window up and down, and it'll fix it.
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ac clutch?.....that was the problem with mine
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wow, sorry. Just what worked for me and thats all they asked for.
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wow, sorry. Just what worked for me and thats all they asked for.

its all good, i didnt mean to offend you or anyone, i was just sayin what ive done in the past, but that silicone spray works good on windows that dont like to go up or down.
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Actually I went ahead and tried the silacone spray idea. I soaked the ribbed part of the belt while the engine was running and it stopped squeaking imediately. Two weeks later and still no squeak even with 3 days of pounding rain.
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I found that my tensioner was not keeping taught tension after the slack was out of the belt. ( with the motor off and the belt off tensioner pulley only) I had to carefully pry sideways on the tensioner housing to create a gap so I could get some graphite lube into the swivel part of the belt tensioner between the plastic washer and the aluminum housing. Then I worked the tensioner back and forth while getting the lube into the gap. It had a sticking point right where it needed to start taking the last bit of slack out of the belt. I had to work it for quite some time to get it to swivel smoothly throughout the entire range of motion. The belt looked tight but that little bit of sticking and slack made my belt squeal until the truck was good and warm.. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:27 PM
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Replacing the ac pulley is not an option, by the way, as I found out last summer.
Pulley is integral to the unit, so you either have to replace the whole thing, or take it out of the loop with a shorter belt [which is what I opted to do].
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i used that wet tire foam wile the engine was running and it hasnt done it.
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