Device used to operate accessories located on the engine, such as alternator, air-conditioning pump, power steering pump, etc. Most modern vehicles use serpentine style belts, but older vehicles can use V-style.

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What are slip rings with respect to a cars alternator?

This is not a physics forum, and as such I don't expect answers to explain Faraday's law of induced emf (electromotive force), which is the basic physics principle behind how an alternator is able to ...
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What are the possible causes of squeaking belts?

During the last few months my car developed a not too loud, but annoying squeak coming from the auxiliary belt area. Sometimes it starts as soon as the car is started, sometimes it seems to do it only ...
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Is there a benefit to belt driven motorcycles?

What are the pros and cons of belt driven motorcycles compared to chain driven bikes?
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Clicking noise in Opel Astra

I just bought a 99 Opel Astra and I have noticed a clicking noise in it. I opened the bonnet and it sounds like it may be coming from the timing belt! I really don't know though. The guy i bought it ...
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Cam Belt vs Belt Drive vs Serpentine Belt vs Fan Belt vs V Belt vs Timing Belt

I have a 2004 VW Passat B5 and having started to learn a bit more about engine theory, I was wondering how many belts I have and what names each of the belts have. So, I have a two part question: ...
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What do you use to clean oil off of drive belt

a power steering hose leaked near my drive belt and it is squealing a bit. I have fixed the leaky hose and need to clean up the mess. What can I use to clean the drive belt?
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Subaru Legacy cam belt change

I have got a 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT and it has done 90,000 KMs now. What is the best time to change its cam/timing belt? Is it by 100,000 KMs or 100,000 Miles? Thanks!
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Changed alternator in '05 Altima, now it won't start

The alternator went bad a couple of months ago. I replaced it and the car started and ran fine. During a road trip on Tuesday, the battery and brake dummy lights flashed intermittently and eventually ...
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How critical is a Serpentine belt replacement and is it worth $400

My mechanic says my serpentine belt and tensioner need to be replaced and quoted me $400 for the work. I have a 2004 Pontiac Vibe that might be nearing it's retirement time and am skeptical about ...
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Why not have drive chains instead of drive (serpentine) belts?

My drive (serpentine) belt was recently chewed down to about half the width and I had to replace it. Which brings the question: if the automotive industry has been gradually replacing timing belts ...
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E46 engine chirps when idling in the morning

The title pretty much sums it up. If I haven't driven the car in a few days, the BMW E46 engine makes a faint chirp for about 30 seconds when I start up the engine. It's more like a rapid chirp, as ...
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Should fan belts slide when the fan is turned by hand?

When turning your fan by hand, are your belts supposed to turn too, or slide across the pulley?
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Squealing sound when I start car

I drive a 97 acura tl and when I turn the car on it has a high pitch squeal. It only does it when I start the vehicle. What could be wrong? Thank u in advance.
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Does timing jump cause engine replacement?

Does timing jump cause engine replacement? =========================================== My TOYOTA Camry 1999 was driving OK. I do check under the hood on and off, I did not do that check for awhile. ...
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wheel/pulley coming out of my engine is making a loud rattling noise

Civic sedan: 1997 150i so on my home from the shop I notice at a stop that as I push the clutch down and put the gear lever into neutral, there's a soft, slight rattle before the normal sound my car ...
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Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)

The PAS pump on my Discovery failed fairly spectacularly last week, shedding it's pulley at the side of the road. In order to get at it to replace it, I need to get the fan off, which requires undoing ...
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Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?

This is a really classic and common old car problem. I see it all the time but this is the first time it's started happening to my own car. Basically when I first turn the car on, there's instantly a ...
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Serpentine belt area has insane amount of gunk

I had to replace the alternator on my Toyota Tacoma V6 4L and I noticed an ungodly amount of gunk collected on and around the old one. The truck is 2007 with just over 100K mi on it. The old ...
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DIY Alternator Belt Tensioner

I've got a diesel engine in my boat, but the previous owner had somehow snapped the alternator bracket, and fitted it fixed to the boat rather than the engine. Now the alternator doesn't move when the ...
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Squeaking under the hood only while throttle is pressed

My 2001 F150 with 255xxx miles has a squeaking under the hood. It is only present while the throttle is pressed while driving. It is loud enough to be heard in the cab, but not over the radio. It ...
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Easiest way to disable the A/C compressor

My A/C system has a leak in it and my compressor is making an awful noise: probably needs replacing. Winter is coming though, and I really don't want to spend any time or money on tracking down leaks ...
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Buying a 1981 Kawasaki 440 D questions

There is a 1981 Kawasaki 440 D that is belt driven on Craigslist for $850 and I just have a few questions on about it being a belt drive. Is a belt drive ok to have? Is it worse than chain drive? And ...
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What is the likelihood that my crankshaft is warped?

This may be an involved question so bear with me. :) I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX (4cyl) with 281xxx KM, and last week I was told by my mechanic that the harmonic balancer is warped. And in fact, ...
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Cold start, squeaking noise last for few seconds and its gone

1.7 CDTI, Astra, 25000 miles, Car makes squeaking noise for 1-5 seconds straight after start, depending on the temperature it was sat overnight in the cold which is below freezing temperature and then ...
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How to loosen drive belt tensioner on 2007 Toyota Corolla?

My understanding is that I need to follow these steps to replace a drive belt: Use a breaker bar and 19 mm socket and turn the tensioner release nut clockwise to release tension on the belt. Remove ...
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What is the difference between a V belt and a serpentine belt?

I can't seem to figure this out exactly. My understanding is that in either case it is a belt that is connected to the crankshaft and via a series of pulleys powers all the peripheral systems of the ...
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Is alternator rating at pulley rpm or engine rpm?

I just got a new alternator for my jeep that says 160amps at 2k rpm. Is this rating for the pulley rpm on the alternator - or is it the rpm of the engine? Also, if the pulley is spinning slower than ...
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cabin fan motor loud then burnt out

I figured out that my fan mower's bearing were going out by the loud screeching it made. Being lazy I ignored it. Then one day I was sitting at a light and the cabin filled with horrible smoke. I ...
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Honda Odyssey 2003 makes squeaking noises on cold start

Something squeaks when I start the engine after the car was sitting in garage for the night. Squeaking goes away after 2-3 minutes. Here is a video Car has following replaced a month ago: harmonic ...
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2006 Cobalt SS - Serpentine Belt Broke, How to Diagnose

I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine. Today my serpentine belt broke. I need to get the car into the shop this week for a different problem. I'm fairly confident that I ...
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What is the cause of belt squeak in the morning?

For the past month or so my 2003 Honda Accord squeaks in the morning when I start driving to work. After a couple of minutes of driving the squeak stops. I'm pretty sure it's from the belt area. What ...
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Maintenance on a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S

My previous car was totalled and while shopping for used cars, I have found a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S on sale for a very good price. It is being sold by the current owner, and it has been going to the ...
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Constant belt squeak

I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD. The main belt constantly squeaks, it did not start squeaking until after I had my water pump and heater hoses replaced. The shop has replaced the belt 8 times over the ...
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How much power (HP) do the components on the engine belt generally use?

In general, how much power (HP) to the components on the the engine belt actually use? I'm trying to come up with an estimate of how much horsepower an engine wastes on things like the AC compressor, ...
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How can I remove Factory Air Conditioning from a 1965 Mopar Big Block

I have a 1965 Mopar 383 Big Block with factory air conditioning. I would like to remove the air conditioning from the engine, including the A/C pump. Unfortunately, the belts for the accessories are ...
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Is there a general fix or product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt?

I have a squeaky belt in my car that is driving me crazy! Is there a general fix or belt treatment product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt? If belts are squeaky, does that mean time for ...