Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 02:23:46 GMT
From: Dexter J <>
Subject: Re: 9000 with squeaking belt

Salutations: On Sat, 20 Nov 2004 01:12:24 +0000, Charles Christacopoulos <> wrote: > Hi, > > First real cold weather (freezing temperatures) and when starting the > car the (serpentine) belt squeaks. Year is 1997 and miles 79k. With > the present squeak that goes away reasonably quickly how long have I got > before it packs up? Do I get 500-700 miles out of it? > > Am right in thinking that the tensioner should be replaced as a matter > of course if the belt is to be replaced? > > Regards > Charles Most probably needs a new belt, but the tensioner just needs to be checked for cracks or bearing wear. The '97 9000 is supposed to be pretty reliable. That said - the reason the squeak goes away is because it's generated enough heat to finally stick. Heat is not a good thing on serp belt driven systems - so don't let it go too long. It's mostly getting transfered to the tensioner. Interesting mod on the rotors (other thread)- I don't get the pin idea though. Got pix? -- Dexter J's fab NG900 is for sale: Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Snoop Coolio Clinton - Atomic Dog Bow Wow Wow all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time

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