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Old February 23rd, 2015, 04:04 PM
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I have had brand new belts squeak after a month or so. Try Marks suggestion of flipping it over, cant hurt. A trick I have used is to take a beeswax candle and smear it on the belt on both sides. If the noise subsides or goes away you know you have a glazed belt.
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I have had brand new belts squeak after a month or so. Try Marks suggestion of flipping it over, cant hurt. A trick I have used is to take a beeswax candle and smear it on the belt on both sides. If the noise subsides or goes away you know you have a glazed belt.
You can also use a bar of soap.
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Old February 23rd, 2015, 11:04 PM
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I also have been suggested to use a different belt. Apparently the Goodyear Gatorback 4070630 (7PK1600) works wonders compared to stock. The cogs are offset and the whole design is supposed to be much more quiet.
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I also have been suggested to use a different belt. Apparently the Goodyear Gatorback 4070630 (7PK1600) works wonders compared to stock. The cogs are offset and the whole design is supposed to be much more quiet.
They are - running them on my trucks as well...
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You can also use a bar of soap.
one acts as a belt dressing, ie makes its sticky so it doesn't slip, the other acts as a lube
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I'm suspecting it's the belt not the bearings. A few drops from the hose makes it go away almost instantly then it comes back after a while of driving (once dry). I'm ordering some Gatorbacks belts.
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I flipped the belt and the loud squeal is gone but its still making a more tolerable noise. I inspected the belt and I noticed that these things dry up a bit long before they are worn out. The oil in the rubber is gone on the ribs. The ribs are very dry which would cause them to be less flexible make noise. Now I have two used belts as back ups and two Gatorbacks scheduled to arrive Monday. For anyone about to install a new one, do yourself a favor and don't get the Stock OEM belt. It's more expensive and will end up making a terrible noise before it has reached its end of life.
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please post results of the gatorbacks. I still have a little noise too. And don't get your belts from autozone either.
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Will do. They arrive Monday.

Brian, how long have you been using yours?
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I got the belt. It says Allmakes 4X4 on it.
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Turns out Amazon sent me a used belt of the wrong make. Thanks Amazon. According to Brian it is supposed to look like this.
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A USED belt? WTF?
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The same one they sent Brian last year.
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When I start up my 1995 D90 is squeals for about 5 to 10 seconds then runs fine and it quiet. Any thoughts on what the problem could be, how I can fix it?
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When I start up my 1995 D90 is squeals for about 5 to 10 seconds then runs fine and it quiet. Any thoughts on what the problem could be, how I can fix it?
Could be water pump shitting the bed.
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Tensioners do get weak, but three years is plenty young enough.
Shouldn't be an issue on a V belt truck since they aren't spring loaded like the one on a serpentine belt truck.
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Thanks BJF. I am a new owner and am just getting into all this nonsense for the machine that I'm nuts about. I just had a new water pump put in. Could it be a bad belt? Anyone think its a major issue? It runs seemingly fine I just hate that sound when it cranks. Just fielding ideas for how to correctly fix the noise.
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Thanks BJF. I am a new owner and am just getting into all this nonsense for the machine that I'm nuts about. I just had a new water pump put in. Could it be a bad belt? Anyone think its a major issue? It runs seemingly fine I just hate that sound when it cranks. Just fielding ideas for how to correctly fix the noise.
Most likely one of the belts is set slightly too loose and grips when the friction warms it up a little. It's a straight forward job to tighten the belts ... The alternator belt being easiest. Check which belt it is by spraying a little water on it ( do them one at a time obviously ) and then tension it to specification ...

If they are all to specification it could suggest a component on the way out.

Don't what ever you do over tighten the belts as the will lead to premature failure of components.
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