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Serpentine Belt noise

Serpentine belt noise squeal or chirp How to diagnose and fix serpentine belt noise NOTE: Never spray a drive belt with belt dressing, WD-40 or any lubricant to quiet belt noise A serpentine belt can be damaged by motor oil and coolant. If you have an ongoing oil or coolant leak that drips onto the belt, fix that first. And, despite the fact that many Internet sources tell you to spray WD-40 onto a belt to quiet the noise or detect the cause, DON’T do it. You will ruin the … Read More

Diagnose a belt tensioner

Diagnose a belt tensioner A worn automatic serpentine belt tensioner can cause belt squeal, misalignment, belt chirp, and alternator bearing damage. Automatic tensioners tend to wear out at around 100K miles. If you have a belt noise or vibration and you’ve changed the belt, it’s time to test your belt tensioner. It’s easy. Just follow the procedures below. First, understand the belt tensioner’s TWO jobs Belt tensioner job #1: Maintain proper belt tension The belt tensioner’s first job is to maintain the proper tension on the serpentine belt. That’s easy … Read More


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