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From the moment I start my car, till i shut it off, i have belt squeal. It drives me absolutly bonkers. What can I do to get rid of it? New belts or what?
 

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Fresh belts rule!
 

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are you sure its just the belt squealing? When you take off the belt, just make sure the pullies spin freely with no noise and are tight and do not shake. Also, when its squealing, does it increase with RPM? That's another sign that it isn't just the belt squealing.

I've had that problem too, that's why I'm just saying these things...last time I thought it was just a belt squeal, it got worse until it turned out to be the water pump going bad.
 

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Originally posted by sabledale@May 15 2004, 04:17 PM
replace the belt and then use belt dressing if needed.
Clean all the pulley contacts where they meet the belt. Replace the belt. Do NOT use belt dressing!!!! It does not help the situation, and can actually cause the belt to prematurely soften or glaze. If the pulleys are clean and the belt is new, the problem WILL go away!!! Belts are cheap and easy to put on. Don't buy the cheapest one though......
 

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Originally posted by 00Taurus+May 15 2004, 07:45 PM--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (00Taurus @ May 15 2004, 07:45 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-sabledale@May 15 2004, 04:17 PM
replace the belt and then use belt dressing if needed.
Clean all the pulley contacts where they meet the belt. Replace the belt. Do NOT use belt dressing!!!! It does not help the situation, and can actually cause the belt to prematurely soften or glaze. If the pulleys are clean and the belt is new, the problem WILL go away!!! Belts are cheap and easy to put on. Don't buy the cheapest one though...... [/b][/quote]
belt dressing stoped my squeaking and worked great for me!
 

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Belt dressing is originally meant for belts used in industrial and farming applications - not entirely for serpentine or V-belts. However, as others have pointed out here, using VERY LITTLE of the belt dressing can sometimes help stop the squealing, or make it worse...or in the case of one lady who put too much, help cause the belt to slip out of the pullies (there were other problems, but the belt dressing didn't help either).

Use sparringly and at your own risk IMO.
 

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I use belt dressing as a belt tester - spray a little on, if the squealing stops, the belt needs to be replaced. Belt dressing is not a fix, but it is a good tester.
 

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Originally posted by silvapain@May 16 2004, 01:02 AM
I use belt dressing as a belt tester - spray a little on, if the squealing stops, the belt needs to be replaced.  Belt dressing is not a fix, but it is a good tester.
Bingo!

Belt dressing is intended to be used on flat belts, like old-time machine shop drive belts and conveyor belts. V-belts (and serpentine belts) transmit power by drawing the belt tightly into the "V" of the drive pulley.

Besides belt dressing, I've also used a squirt gun and water, or spray some liquid kitchen soap (Joy, etc.) on the business side of the belts. Noise quits? Bum (dried up or glazed) belt!

Once, I did use belt dressing to "fix" a squealing car I was getting rid of; I didn't feel like spending the $$ for a new serpentine, so I squirted it and sold it. T.S., dealer! What goes around, comes around!
 

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Hi: You can try some PAM cooking spray. I've used it many times on both automobile and marine applications to stop serpintine belts from squealing. Give it a try. :)
 

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The best way to cure this is: get a new belt. Take off the old one, then spray down all the pulleys with 409 liberally. Turn the pulleys to reach all areas. Then hose them down. Now feel each pulley with clean hands to make sure they are not greasy anymore. When they're absolutely clean, put the new belt on. Voila.

One more thing: check the belt tension to see if the tensioner pulley is doing its job.
 

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On my 2001 Sable I also an getting a bad belt squeal. I sprayed a liberal amount of belt dressing on the belt and it stopped for yesterday. This morning it was back worse than before. What does this mean. Along time ago in an older chevy my dad helped me replace the serpintine (sp?) belt. If i need to replace it? One, how much does a new belt run, average. Two, can I do it myself?

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Replacing the belt is easy; just need to turn the belt tensioner until the belt goes slack, then take off the old belt, put in the new one (paying attention to how the belt runs around each pulley according to the diagram on the front of the car), retighten the tensioner and you're done.
 

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At 70,000 miles I could no longer take the squeal. The Goodyear Gatorback is nice and quiet. Highely recommend. :chili:
 

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Just changed my serpanitine today, no more squeel. Took about an hour. I removed the Radiatior reservoir to make it easier to move the tension pulley.
 

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Hello folks, I have a 1999 Taurus SE that squeals often when idling under 1000RPM. Is this likely to be a belt issue or something more serious. Trying to find diagrams that may help me fix on my own if it's only belt. Any help will be appreciated.

what tools will I need?
mileage: 105K
 

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maliante -

Let me be the first to welcome you to the club.

As far as your question goes; Try some belt dressing first to see if the squeal goes away, if it does then more then likely replacing the belt will fix it.

As far as a routing diagram for the serpentine belt, Check under the hood. My 98 sable has a sticker under the hood that shows how the belt is routed, i would assume that the taurus has that also.

As far as tools goes, i didn't need any tools to replace the belt on my duratec. Not having a vulcan myself i'm not sure, but you might need a socket wrench (or breaker bar) and the appropriate socket to pull the belt tensioner out of your way and then onto the belt. Hope that helps some.
 
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