Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 08:17:21 -0800
From: Jim Collins <rubidium7nospamast.com>
Subject: Re: 9000 with squeaking belt


While in there, MAKE SURE the water pump is OK (and is not the squeak). My son put off fixing a squeak that went away and is now buying a new water pump AND housing, as well as having to do the repair on an emergency basis. Damaged a few other parts too. My Daughter's 9000 also had same symptoms and we replaced the head gasket after the water pump failed and spewed all the coolant. JC In article <5s6dnZOKM4gS8wLcRVn-gQnospamrs.com>, tigger123 nospam0nTheFarm.com says... > Agreed.... change them both even if the dealer says that there is no need. I > am speaking from experience. 8K after my first belt and pully change, the > tensioner pully seized without warning, destroying the new belt and damaging > the tensioner. It sounded like an explosion under the hood. Total milage at > the time was just under 60K. I had been warned not to go beyond 45K. > Lesson learned. Lets see...towing, new belt , 2 more new pullys and new > tensioner..........wasnt anthing left over from that months paycheck. > ..........Almost forgot, my original morning cold start squeeking was a > pully bearing , not the belt. > > "KeithG" <noonenospamay.com> wrote in message > news:WOOdnX8myYgsxALcRVn-1wnospamopenwest.com... > > #1 if you replace the belt, replace the idler pulleys (both of them). > > The squeaking may be the idler pulley... If it is the original belt, it > > probably needs replacement. Inspect the operation of the belt and > > tensioner from start up. If it moves around a lot, you will need to > > replace the tensioner. If it is smooth and controlled during a start up > > event and while running, the tensioner should be left alone. > > > > I have done this 3 times on 3 different cars. The idlers seem to last > > about 60-80kmi from my experience. > > > > KeithG > > > > 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 > > > > > > > > > -- Jim Collins Sammamish, WA

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