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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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Husqvana YTA 22V46 Belt keeps getting loose

For some reason i bought the belt for this tractor from the manufacturer, but when i disengage the blades, the belt gets super loose almost completely off. I went to home depot to get a 42" and a ...
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Ford Focus 2 alternator not chargin battery

I own a Ford Focus 2.0L Duratec(European version). Since some days ago I noticed a slight noise, like a very little vacuum cleaner and the alternator is not charging, for some moments I have 13.2V, ...
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Timing belt location on the pulleys with the new tensioner

Recently, I replaced my timing belt, water pump and belt tensioner. Everything looks fine but I noticed something. With the old tensioner (17 years old), the old belt would sit at slightly different ...
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Why don't car manufacturers make camshaft pulleys with walk blockers as a safety measure?

This question has always occupied my mind that why we see crank gears with walk blockers but camshaft pulleys with walk blockers are rarely seen on most cars. Walk blockers on camshaft pulleys can ...
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Proper fitting of the timing belt on the car before rotating the engine [duplicate]

I edited my question because I had asked the wrong question. I know how to take up the slackness of belt by rotating the engine by hand and adjusting the belt tensioner bolt. This is not what I want ...
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tightening belt tensioner after fitting new timing belt

My car is due for a timing belt change now. I have done everything, locked the camshaft pulleys and crankshaft sprocket and removed the old timing belt. Now, I want to install the new belt on the car ...
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Lifespan of radiator hoses and serpentine belts

I've seen estimates as low as 4 years/60,000 miles (from places like NAPA, who obviously want people to replace their belts and hoses all of the time) to 7 years (from an anonymous Gates engineer), to ...
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Renault Megane 1.9 dci 2002 it make loud noice above 40km/h

So car was on a small service and i pick up the car 2 days later from my sister she say the engine dont make any wierd noice. Then i drive it for about 30min and i realise the right side on the engine ...
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Crankshaft timing belt

I’ve been trying to loosen my crank shaft pulley to get to my timing belt and water pump. Well I couldn’t find a tool to do it with so I got a air impact and didn’t think it was working and it turned ...
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Air-conditioning belt is making a loud squealing noise. What should I do?

How long will the air conditioner last if it is making a loud squealing noise. I want to know if I have to replace it right away.
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2001 Tacoma - Consistent belt chrip/squeak noise

2001 Toyota Tacoma 2WD 2.4L 4cyl 92k Miles I have a chirp/squeak coming from the area near my power steering belt. When I spray it with water the noise goes away, but quickly comes back. Here's a ...
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Bad pulley or Belt?

Okay so I had my car break down about a week ago and from looking at the car myself and using my common sense, after Turing the car on for about 8 seconds all I heard was squealing and smoke coming ...
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Issue with squeaking

I own a 2007 Subaru Forester. I swapped both belts on the car however it still squeaks when i decelerate. Before the belts were swapped it would squeak only when I accelerate and decelerate. No issues ...
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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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