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Questions tagged [belt]

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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Alternator belt whining when plugged in only

There's a friend of mine who has a car (2007 Suzuki Swift petrol 1.3L DOHC 92hp) which has been making a whining noise for a while, the alternator belt broke once few months ago, and during it was ...
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Pulsating rubbing/humming sound emitting from belt/pulley area

'02 Honda Civic SiR. Recording of noise, revving while parked. You probably won't hear it without speakers or headphones. It's best heard from the inside the car, and clearly coming from the front-...
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Should the pulleys/tensioner be replaced with drive belts?

I know that accessory drive belts need to be changed every now and again as the rubber can dry out and crack. I'm planning to replace the accessory drive belts on my 2008 Subaru Outback as ...
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Wrong serpentine belt

I have a 93 Chevy Caprice Classic 5.0 I had the serpentine belt replaced but he used a belt that was the wrong belt - 2 inches longer. A 950 instead of the 930. Since then I have had the alternator ...
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AC Compressor Question on 2009 Altima

When I turn on by AC, the engine immediately dies and can hear a brief sound that seems to be a belt "squeak." I am assuming it is the compressor seizing the belt upon engaging, but are there any ...
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When to replace the timing belt on a 2015 VW Golf TDI

I own a VW Golf TDI 1.6 Mk7 (2015) Odometer: 82,000KM. I would like to know at what Odometer reading should I change the timing belt/chain.
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Vehicle wont turn over, thinking its the AC clutch

I have a 2010 Ford Expedition that wont turn over even with a full charge, jump pack, and a jump to a heavy duty 350. Before it went out, there was a constant metal grinding sound, like a broken ...
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Squealing and uneven idle, then tachometer drops to zero but engine keeps running

When I start my car, a belt seems to slip and then the tachometer reads zero RPM but the engine keeps running, but has weak power and only runs at low RPM. Any idea what's going on? The Symptoms: ...
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What limits the max power rating of a V belt drive?

We know that belt drives are limited in their max possible power rating and most high power/torque applications(trucks) use gear drives. I wanted to know the main factor that limits the power/torque ...
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proper time for changing timing belt

Is it recommended to wait until it reaches the recommended mileage before changing the timing belt even if it is already 3 or more years
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Does the 95 Toyota Camry have a single belt for alternator, ac, power steering and drive?

The auto shop has offered to replace my 95 Camry's AC belt and P/S belt. I replaced the 'serpentine' belt myself (it took about five minutes) and no matter what googling I do, I can't find evidence of ...
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2010 Hyundai Elantra squeals loudly on start up

I’d appreciate any advice or input you may have. I own a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. Bought it used in 2014 with 61K miles on it. The car was great for me for a couple years, and required nothing besides ...
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Power steering squeeling

I have a 65 Chevy truck with 350 engine. New power steering pump and new belt but it squeals really loud for 1 to 2 minutes every time I start it. Pump fluid is at cold temp level. When I put pump on ...
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How do I change alternator pulley on 2001 Fiat Ducato?

I need to change the belt (closest one in picture) as it's become very loose. There doesn't seem to be a tensioner pulley, so do I just remove the bolt in the center pulley in order to remove the ...
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My seat belt alarm/sounder no longer functions - 2004 Carolla

My 2004 Carolla seat belt alarm/sounder no longer sounds, but seat belt light on dash works fine (goes off when seat belt inserted). Where is the sound/alarm located ? This problem started after ...
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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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Can a belt burn without squeeling?

Just yesterday I replaced all of the drive belts on my 1998 Kia sportage because they were old. Now when I start my car I get a little bit of a burning smell, but there is no squealing noise ...
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honda accord 2000 lx valve chatter

Timing belt was replaced and now there is a noticeable valve noise at 1600-1900 RPM. No noise at idle. Once you hit 2000 RPM and above no noise. Power is good across RPM band. Checked valve ...
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“Fan hitting something” noise when switching on “Inside Air” button

When I start my car, and while it's still at idle and stationary, I hear a noise which sounds like a fan or belt hitting something, but at a low frequency of 4 Hz. The sound is like rubber or plastic ...
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Can a loose serpentine belt damage my power steering

I'm asking about someone else's vehicle, so I don't know the normal details. It's a mini van. Probably 8 to 10 years old. It might be an Aerostar. An alternator was installed by a guy in a parking ...
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Are torque sensors used to reduce cam belt failure damage?

The water pump bearings on a friend's car recently seized, causing the timing belt to jump off the pulley, lose tension, lose timing, and the engine to munch its valves. Could this failure have been ...
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Are belt conditioners safe?

A service advisor at a vehicle repair shop recommended belt conditioner to help ensure longevity of rubber belts (timing, serpentine, etc.) and as a possible inexpensive fix to various engine noises. ...
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Loud squealing sound, only while driving (2002 Toyota 4Runner)

Wondering if someone can help me eliminate potential issues. Squealing, somewhat screechy, somewhat chirpy noise. No sound at all while parked, even reving up to 4,000 RPM. Sound starts while moving (...
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How to replace Alternator out (2001 Nissan Sentra) [pictures inside]

I am trying to remove the Alternator on my Nissan Sentra 2001. I believe I need to take the alternator belt off. It's tightly on the pulley - see picture How to make the belt loose? I am told that ...
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2004 Crown Vic seat belt tensioner won't extend

2004 Crown Vic had right rear door replaced, they didn't hang hinges carefully and door wouldn't open easily. I unbolted the front seat belt pretensioner from the door post to access the lower hinge ...
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Should I use a shorter accessory belt?

I've had the A/C discharged on an older truck (2001 Grand Cherokee 4.7L v8), and soon I plan to remove the entire A/C system, specifically, the compressor. Is there anything that I should be ...
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Replaced belts and they still squeak

I replaced the 2 belts on my 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Now when I put the heat on it makes a weird squealing noise. What is it?
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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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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 ...