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Serpentine Belt Noise / Chirp?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Z71bill, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Belts are also sensitive to wear from heat, age, & natural elements.
    Sometimes it has nothing to do with mileage.
     
  2. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    The belt on my Chevy was squeaking off and on and rather than replace the belt (fairly low mileage), I swapped out the belt tensioner for a Dayco model and I've never heard a peep from it since.
     

  3. Maxthemutt

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    A dab of die electric grease can go along way. That was a Ford fix years ago, a Chevy probably won't know the difference.
     
  4. Z71bill

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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 - they only up charged for the belt - I agreed.

    At 75K the tension pulley went out.

    :wavey:
     
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  5. The Fed

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    In-laws have an older 4.2 Yukon with port injection. I'm guessing they drove it with a leaking injector. I figure this because their other cars constantly misfire and they think they run great, and they ignore CEL's. Anyway, I'm thinking so much fuel got past the rings they destroyed the engine (fuel in the oil). So always be aware of how your vehicle runs.
     
  6. Z71bill

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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 :whistling: will charge me to replace both belts?

    Over / under $500?
     
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  7. The Fed

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    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.
     
  8. aircarver

    aircarver Ride Continues Silver Member

    A few drops of brake fluid for 'temporary' fix. Otherwise replace the belt.

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  9. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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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
     
  10. Z71bill

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    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. :upeyes:
     
  11. Big Bird

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    +1

    Good luck
     
  12. Z71bill

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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?

    :dunno:
     
  13. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy NRA member

    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!
    :steamed:
     
  14. BSA70

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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.
     
  15. Z71bill

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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.
    :cool:

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