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So, bear with me on this and maybe I can help. Mind you, none of what I'm going to say is going to be easy to do, but that is because your issue is not an easy one to solve. The main problems I see here with any solution is alignment and distance from any mounting point I can discern. My main thought here is you need to get the alternator connected back to ...


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That is way too much money for a serpentine belt and a tensioner pulley on any vehicle. If you cannot do this yourself, take it to a different mechanic and have them do it. A serpentine belt is not at all critical to the overall health of the engine. If it fails, you put a new one on. It may be inconvenient after it breaks, but it's not going to ruin ...


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According to manufacturer Dayco (Why Belt Dressing Is Not a Solution To Quiet a Noisy Belt), it should not be used. In the past, simply covering a noisy serpentine belt in belt dressing would quiet that pesky belt. That’s when belts were made of neoprene. Today, you should never put belt dressing on an EPDM-made serpentine belt. Belt dressing, and ...


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Regarding your question of how critical the belt may be, it is very critical. The 4-cyl Vibes run the water pump with the serpentine belt. If the water pump is not running it can overheat your car very quickly. The $400 price seems steep for your vehicle, I recommend using the NAPA auto repair estimator to give you an idea before talking to a mechanic. ...


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As a fix for a squealing belt... no, I don't like it. Find the root cause and fix it. As a tool for increasing belt longevity... they last a long time on their own, I don't think I'd extend the normal maintenance interval on belts because I sprayed that stuff on them. So, it seems like a waste.


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In the diagram which they posted: You are looking for the deflection point at "A". Normal deflection is considered about 1/2" (or just under 2cm). As the guy in the instruction says, tighten up the belt, then run the engine for about 5 minutes, then readjust the belts again. If the belt is too tight, you are putting extra wear on the belt and accessories. ...


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While I don't have an answer regarding blocking or stopping the cam, You can work around it without too much trouble. With the chain still in place, You can mark on the crank and cam gear teeth and mark the chain around those teeth. This way you will know how many links should be between the marked parts of the pulley when you are done. Taking lots of ...


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What you want to look for is a pulley that is dragging. Take the belt loose and look at your idler, does it spin freely if so it is not that. It could be the water pump or the alternator. Look for loose bearing by seeing if they wiggle side to side.


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You could start by changing the serpentine belt. Your Windstar has a self adjusting tensioner, so it could be this also, but there's no way to adjust it independently of changing it. You can check to see if it's doing it's job by running the engine and seeing if the belt has a lot of flop (not sure how to describe this) when you rev then quickly release the ...


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What I have found with some OHC interference engines is that there are special dealer tools to hold the cam. They usually bolt to the head and have pins that slide into holes on the cam gear. I usually just build a tool that does the same thing when needed. If you post a pic of the front of your engine, we might be able to point out ways to attach such a ...


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Belt conditioning products are effectively Armor All spray for your belts. There may be some validity to claims that a belt conditioning product can extend the life of a belt by preventing the compound from drying out and breaking down. This is conceptually similar to how Armor All or comparable products help prevent old tires from cracking. That being said,...


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The closest I've seen to problems with the tensioner assembly is oil leaking: http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Toyota-Corolla-Timing-Chain-Tensioner-Oil-Leak-Repair-Guide/ If the Toyota service shop already repaired it, I would have a conversation with the manager about what he/she thinks they might have done wrong during the first repair to make the ...


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This question is really subjective. Since we are not there and cannot determine what is going on, it is going to be up to you to solve what you need to do. That being said, I'll give you two scenarios which might help you get to an end point in your decision. First: If you have the belt off and have access to the tensioner (pulley will spin free), grab ...


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I drive a genesis coupe for some time now I have been experiencing the same sort of issue- though through forums I have somewhat come across it being normal. I have had my spark plugs replace have had a major emissions clean done on my vehicle as well as other maintenance things. Engine wise its bone stock-exhaust included I changed out an idler pulley ...


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Does it make the vibration when in park? If not, I'd suggest you may have a vacuum leak after the throttle body or possibly your Idle Air Control (IAC) valve is not functioning correctly. If you are not experiencing any rough running at off idle, it has to be something which would only affect it at idle, or it could be slight enough that you are not feeling ...


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