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Old 01-12-2013, 07:47   #26
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Belts are also sensitive to wear from heat, age, & natural elements.
Sometimes it has nothing to do with mileage.
I guess you are right - might as well replace the AC belt while I am at it - \\

I gave up doing my own work - I wonder how much the dealership will charge me to replace both belts?

Over / under $500?

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Old 01-12-2013, 07:48   #27
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I found this out the hard way with a Nissan PU -

I had the water pump go out around 50K - Nissan recommended I also replace the timing belt - the only up charged for the belt - I agreed.

At 75K the tension pulley went out.

Some companies have gotten smart and offer a timing belt kit that includes the belt, tensioner and water pump. I know for my VW many companies offer such a kit. At least like you encountered, you should never be charged labor for the belt.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:53   #28
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A few drops of brake fluid for 'temporary' fix. Otherwise replace the belt.

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I guess you are right - might as well replace the AC belt while I am at it - \\

I gave up doing my own work - I wonder how much the dealership will charge me to replace both belts?

Over / under $500?
No idea,.......find a local small shop to do the work. Cost will be
2/3rds to 1/2 of the dealer's cost
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:14   #30
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No idea,.......find a local small shop to do the work. Cost will be
2/3rds to 1/2 of the dealer's cost
I have looked for a local shop -

The guy I used for years - good work, fair prices, honest -- sold out to someone - the new owner is an ass.

I checked out a few - have not found one that gives me that warm fuzzy feeling.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:17   #31
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Moisture on the pulleys can cause a chirp. But most of the time on LSx engines it's because of a tired idler pulley or tensioner.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:23   #32
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One last question -

The belt chirp is at start up - if I drive it a few miles - then check the chirp is gone -

If it was the pulley or bad belt wouldn't it keep chirping?

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Old 01-12-2013, 09:06   #33
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I have belt noise coming from my 2001 chevy tahoe with the 5.3 engine. I have replaced the belt, the idler pulley and the tensioner to no avail. The noise is there at start-up, and When you bring the RPM's up to about 1000, it seems to go away. It's really noticeable while parked, or in a drive thru. It's driving me nuts!
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Belt dressing is awful. Don't even think about it. Something is out of line. Mine started doing that. I replaced the belt and pully bearing. The pulley bearing had some wear and was out of alignment. Easy fix.
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I was going to have the serpentine belt changed - and then keep the old one as a spare / stowed in the little cubby hole in the back - my logic is simple - if I have it I will never need it.


My luck it will break when I am out in the middle of nowhere.
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