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 can be causing this? How do I remedy it?
Most likely cause for this is that you have some condensation built up overnight on either the belt or one of the pulley wheels, and until this has evaporated the belt will be able to slip a little, causing a squeak. Once the engine warms up, the condensation is gone.
With a new, well tensioned belt, this shouldn't matter, however belts age and stretch, which makes them more likely to slip.
The recommended fixes include:
- increase the belt tension
- replace the belt
or possibly just give the belt a good clean, but the first two are better solutions.
First, check the belt tension, then check the tensioner for wear. If it is ok, then check the belt for any traps, wear, cracks - if found then replace.
If the noise persists, then check the alternator pulley and its distance from it's centre shaft as the change in angle of belt will create the noise and it will recreate if the belt is replaced.