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Old 11-21-2004, 08:19   #1 (permalink)
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Squeal from serpentine belt?

the squeal/squeak doesn't happen all the time and seems to go away when driving under a load. the belt is less than 6 months old, i replaced the idler pulley. i can't seem to tell where the squeak is coming from. what path should i take in finding the source?
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the squeal/squeak doesn't happen all the time and seems to go away when driving under a load. the belt is less than 6 months old, i replaced the idler pulley. i can't seem to tell where the squeak is coming from. what path should i take in finding the source?
candle wax ... hold a candle at the belt when running
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Get a piece of garden hose and stick one end on your ear and use the other end to listen for noises at the pulleys. Just don't get it stuck in the belt!!!
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Get a piece of garden hose and stick one end on your ear and use the other end to listen for noises at the pulleys. Just don't get it stuck in the belt!!!
use braided line for superior sound transfer .... mate what the hell are you on?

he can hear the squeel, no need to use gardenhose to hear it .... so what do you want to achive with it? serpentine is a self tensioning belt, hence you can't retension it, however if the candle trick doesnt work, its not the belt slipping in any way, it would be a faulty bearing, hence double check bearings.
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He said in the first post that he can't work out exactly the squeal is coming from and wants to find the source - by using a piece of hose the noise is directed into the ear from the other end of the hose - cutting out most of the other noise from around you. For example if the squeal was from the p/s pulley, then by putting the hose near the pulley would make it very clear.

Also useful for detecting air leaks...

He said he had a squeal, not that the belt is definately slipping. To me it sounds like the alternator.

What are you on? You even said yourself to double check bearings, which is exactly what I suggested...
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point out bearings in your post, just fkn around with a piece a hose near a running fan belt is a tad dangerous, fingers tend to get hurt easily ... i know
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Get a piece of garden hose and stick one end on your ear and use the other end to listen for noises at the pulleys. Just don't get it stuck in the belt!!!
I would have thought that I mentioned both to listen for noises at the pulleys and not to get it stuck in the belt was pretty adequate description. I mean I imagine most people would associate pulleys with the bearings in the pulleys when looking for noises.

But I guess not everyone does.
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lol my housemate didnt ... she wrote it lol ... i get what you mean thou ... take it easy
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Eh, so there were two people posting under "EvilChief"?

No worries..

I hope the original poster gets their problem sorted LOL..
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hehe yep .. there are actually three of us here, i am just too lazy to log out ... :rolleyes:
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