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post #1 of 20 Old 12-04-2011, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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Endless squeal from belt!!!!!!

Has anyone else had problems with the Drive-Rite serpentine belt from advance??? its the 973K7 belt part #.....it started a few months ago when my alt. was squealing really bad, replaced it with a reman along with the belt, problem fixed. Few months later, squeal at start up slowly got worse, replaced alt. again with a new belt under warranty (bad bearing i assume), problem fixed. Now its happening again!!! i even threw a new tensioner at it today, squeal is still there, more noticeable at rpm over idle.....could it be the belt is crap, there's no freakin way ive gotten 3 bad reman alt's in a row with a bad bearing, even tried some belt dressing, made the sqeal worse lol.....what gives?
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Get an OEM belt. Believe me.
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Since you replaced the tensioner, I would say the belt.
I run the Goodyear Gatorback belt, works great.

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Without hearing it, it could be any one of the pulleys, or a bearing in the alt or compressor

If it's the belt you might be able to fix it, at least temporarily by simply wire brushing it. With the engine running just hold the brush against one side of the belt for a few seconds, then switch to the other side. When you do the underside just make sure you don't put the brush on the "roll-in" side of a pulley or it could get pulled in. I find it easy to put it right against the pulley on the "roll-out" side

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I fired the truck this morning to a crazy squeal once again, took the belt off, fired the truck again, no squeal. I then put the belt back on, fired the truck, shot some lube down behind the pulley on the alternator, squeal went away. What is the deal with these reman alt's at advance? this will make the 4th alt i keep putting on....maybe they're using cheap bearings? its a worldwide reman....i just put it on with another belt, no noise so we'll see how things go haha.
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I never buy those cheap ass belts..Goodyear Gatorback only.

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That alternator pulley will come off right? Maybe you ought to pull it off and grease the bearing?

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I had a similar problem, turned out to be the water pump. Odd since the last wp did the leak act, this one didn't. Replaced the wp and no mo squeelin. 4 bad alts in a row does sound unlikely.

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Yup, I had the same problem on my R/T Replaced the Mopar belt with a advance belt, squeal went away and came back. Replaced the tensioner and belt, squeal went away and came back. Replaced belt again, it went away and than came back. After months of this idiocy, it was the idler pulley that was causing the squeal.

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mine was the belt after i replased the alt ten pully \: i should have known it was the belt lol

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well the squeal and chirping is back. The truck only does this when its cold for around 5-15minutes or so then stops.....i put an idler pulley on it yesterday, did not do a thing to help. One thing i have noticed is the crank pulley is wobbling quite a bit, compared it to my dad's 3.9 dakota and that crank pulley does not move that much.....any ideas?
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I'm thinking maybe belt is wrong? Maybe it's a bit too long?

My 94 makes belt noise on cold running after it sits overnight....after 5 minutes, it's all quiet again

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I went through this problem for the longest time with my truck...

I little trick I learned was to spray a little bit of water on the belt, if the squeak instantly goes away then comes back after the belt dries; then the belt needs replaced.

If it doesn't quiet down.... Then while the vehicle is running, barely loosen the bolt on the idler pulley. SLOWLY snug up the bolt, if the pitch of the squeal changes, then the idler needs replaced.

For the alternator, AC, and water pump, take the belt off and spin them by hand. They should have a uniform "rolling" sound to them. Any grinding or grittyness indicates bad or failing bearings.

Also, clean the area between the pulley and AC clutch. Any debris in there could cause the clutch to not fully engage and slip.

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i'm wondering if the wobbly crank pulley has anything to do with whats going on? with everything that ive replaced, im thinking about throwing a gatorback on it to see if these belts are indeed crap that im getting.....
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i was reading something about this the other day, it said that oem belts last longer than after marker cheap belts, it goes on to say that the squealing could be from a belt too tight or a belt loose. I would recommend changing the belt with a decent one from napa or mopar. That was my problem and fixed it, and that squeaking will drive someone crazy within a week.

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