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Belt noise — How to diagnose and fix

Serpentine belt noise squeal or chirp Belt noise can be caused by a tension, alignment or wear issue If you have belt noise that sounds like a squeal or chirp, you’ve got an underlying problem that must be fixed. The #1 cause of serpentine belt noise is a worn automatic serpentine belt tensioner. Most people blame the belt and replace it only to find the belt noise returns. You may think the belt tensioner is in good shape simply because it applies some tension to the belt—not true!. Automatic belt … Read More

Serpentine Belt squeals – Ford

Serpentine Belt squeals – Ford Serpentine Belt squeals on 1999 Ford Taurus with the 3.0L overhead valve engine, belt dressing doesn’t help. Belt dressing sprays a sticky layer of goop onto the belt and that stops the belt slip, but it’s only a temporary fix. It never corrects the underlying problem. Worse yet, the sticky spray picks up road grit and literally grinds up the pulleys, making the problem even worse. Start by replacing the belt. If it still slips, the problem can only be caused by a component that’s … Read More


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