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Unread 08-18-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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What causes belts to start squeaking after only 8500 miles?, I had the belt in my old car get dry rotted....after 30K miles... and since I have such few miles, will the dealer fix this? it cost 300 bucks for my old car (and I had the extended warranty through Chrysler)..

Also, anyone know where I can pickup a pair of stock hawkins? I think tires? my fronts are badly worn already in the middle (wear markers showing), but the insides and outsides are almost full tread..
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First off you need to check for miss-aligned pulleys. Fix anything that is not running true.

Belt noises are usually a glazed or contaminated belt condition. If the belt is old, dry, cracked it can make noise. If it's got anti-freeze on it it can make noise. If the pulleys are dirty the belt will pick this up and make noise.

When I change a serpentine belt I run a small wire brush over the pulleys to clean them before I install the belt. The grooves can get sand & grit in them and then this gets embedded in the belt and now the hard grit works against the steel pulleys and makes noise.

Goodyear Gatorback claims to have a quite belt. Other manufacturers also have quiet belts.
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but 8500 miles? and any answers to the other questions?
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Are you driving dirty dusty roads? Driving through puddles?

Somehow crap is getting on the belt, or the belts you are putting on are crap LOL

The next belt install, pickup a small wire brush. I've got a small brass wire brush I use. Vigorously go over the pulleys before the belt goes on.

I've tried cleaning up the pulleys and the old belt but I've not had good luck with that.

I've never had a belt come back with noise after that.
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when the squeak started, I wasn't on dusty roads.. and why would I replace belts when I'm still WELL under Ford's 36K 5yr? warranty.

Stupid focus..
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Well belts have never been a warranty item, however if you make as much noise as the belt does maybe they will make an exception.
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The alternater is a warranty item which could be causing it.
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The alternater is a warranty item which could be causing it.
Wouldn't I have power problems if it was my alternator?
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It could be a faulty belt. The belt in my (Now deceased) 97 Nissan Quest started squeeking after a while. (Power steering belt). Mechanic told us the belt stretched and got loose...and occasionally skipped which would make the noise. It's possible your belt was crap and wore very quick.

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Wouldn't I have power problems if it was my alternator?
No. If it's just the bearings going out...
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