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Old February 22nd, 2016, 06:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Serpentine Belt Issues

Just wondering if anyone has had these issues: I have had the serpentine belt changed THREE times since April 2015 due to it being noisy at idle & while driving.
Car had 60361 miles when I bought it in January 2015. The first time it was changed at 65230 miles in April 2015, the mechanic put BDO6PK1890 (Autopart International) serpentine belt, second time at 78160 miles OEM serpentine belt in October 2015 & just today February 2016 at 84142 miles, the mechanic put BDO6PK1890 (Autopart International). All done by three different "mechanics".
This is so fricking annoying. I have spent almost $3500 on maintenance since buying it, the timing belt & water pump replaced Aug. 2015, power steering pump failing Dec. 2015, cracked radiator Feb. 2016, new goodyear tires Feb. 2016, ughhhhh. So much shit going wrong with this car.
Only mods I have been able to do so far is an Ingen CAI June 2015, Magnaflow cat back exhaust system Feb. 2016, windows tinted May. 2015. Really wanted to get more mods done but the maintenance costs are ridiculous on this car.
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 08:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I always had squeaky a squeaky RRE UDP belt but I've gone back to stock since then. I wouldn't think the OEM belt would squeak, but you should try a Gates belt if you go through changing it again.
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could it be the belt tensioner?

on my old dodge, the belt was squeaky, till it got really loud one day, I poped the hood, and noticed the tensioner was cocked/tweeked a little. It wasnt straight anymore, like the pin inside bent or broke. This caused the belt to be off just ever so slightly, that it rubbed and was squeaky.
I replaced the tensioner and the noise was gone.
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^I think I need to check this...
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could it be the belt tensioner?

on my old dodge, the belt was squeaky, till it got really loud one day, I poped the hood, and noticed the tensioner was cocked/tweeked a little. It wasnt straight anymore, like the pin inside bent or broke. This caused the belt to be off just ever so slightly, that it rubbed and was squeaky.
I replaced the tensioner and the noise was gone.
I don't know much about the mechanical side of cars but if the noise comes back I'll mention that to my mechanic.
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So the belt is quiet after its changed then the squeak comes back? Is it a sqeak or squeal, or more like a chirp? I would go with a Gates belt, check all the pullies for alignment (very common reason for chirping), make sure pullies are clean, check all the pullies for bearing wear, and make sure the tensioner is in working order.
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So the belt is quiet after its changed then the squeak comes back? Is it a sqeak or squeal, or more like a chirp? I would go with a Gates belt, check all the pullies for alignment (very common reason for chirping), make sure pullies are clean, check all the pullies for bearing wear, and make sure the tensioner is in working order.
Once the belt is changed it lasts several months squeal free until suddenly any day it will come back. Next time this happens I'll go with the Gates belt & see how that goes.
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Once the belt is changed it lasts several months squeal free until suddenly any day it will come back. Next time this happens I'll go with the Gates belt & see how that goes.
I'm wondering if they are cheap bets or if the tensioner is losing tension after awhile. Wouldn't hurt to go with the Gates and if you still have problems I would suspect the tensioner.
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