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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-23-03, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Alternator Belt Squeal, cold start

A mate and I both have a problem with our ea's alternator belt squealing on cold starts, We have both replaced the belts and ensured the pulleys are aligned correctly. Both cars have a chewed out bit on the alt bracket teeth, although the belts seem tight enough. Has anyone else had a problem with this? if so howd you fix it as it is quite annoying


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Re: Alternator Belt Squeal, cold start

I have the same problem, it lasts for about 5 to 10 secs and gets my holden loving neighbours attention. I tried putting some belt slip spray on but it only worked for a couple of days and it`s come back worse than ever.
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Re: Alternator Belt Squeal, cold start

I had a similar problem in my NC - silicon spray did the trick...
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yeah mine is exactly the same but i think it is 10 times worse. it has come off twice now, this morning actually so its in getting looked at over night coz it is extremely loud and does it for ages... when turning nearly every corner and everytime i start it up..its pretty embarrassing. It has to be something more than a slipping belt coz its snapped two now..
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Re: Alternator Belt Squeal, cold start

Mine seems to be LOUDER in cold weather
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Re: Alternator Belt Squeal, cold start

Well I replaced mine for the reason it was squelling, well I replaced both my power steering and my alternator belts, and not a peep from them, this was about 3 weeks ago, the car is garged so morning no prob, at night it is outside till i leave work at 5.30 or so, and no prob either.

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Had the same problem and it drove me crazy for months - tried everything replaced the belt, soap, drylube, belt grip, adjustments and on and on. One day I was just looking at the pully setup and figured the tension pully was out a tad. So I packed it out with some washers and no more bloody noise!!! That was a couple a years ago now and still no problem. I suppose the moral is recheck the alignment of all pullys - not just the ones that appear to be doing the work.
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Re: Alternator Belt Squeal, cold start

could it be one of the bearings? my mates VL (shudder) had a noisy bearing on the a/c belt... it was about $5 to replace from the bearing place.

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Check to see no coolant etc is leaking on belt overnight..Is it tight enough ??

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guys 9 times out of 10 the belt is just loose. the same thing happened to my supra when replacing a water pump on the original engine...i put on a new belt, and obviously didnt tighten it up properly...and at night and cold weather when the air is denser it used to squeal like a wounded pig. i tightened it up and the problem stopped.
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