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Is anybody getting the same issue as me with Serpentine Belt life?

When I fit a brand new Serpentine Belt, everything is nice and quiet. After 3 to 4 thousand miles it starts squeeeeeeeeeeeking when cold and quietens down when warm. There appears to be no wear on the belt and if I give it a squirt of belt dressing it goes quiet for a while.
After a while I get fed up and fit a new belt and everything is quiet again. I have a garage full of serviceable Serpentine Belts, but they squeeeeeeeeek.

Does anybody else have this problem?

Looked at a 2005 model last weekend and when 'Arthur Daley' started her up she squeeeeeekkkked.. "they all do this mate" was his response.
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Is anybody getting the same issue as me with Serpentine Belt life?

When I fit a brand new Serpentine Belt, everything is nice and quiet. After 3 to 4 thousand miles it starts squeeeeeeeeeeeking when cold and quietens down when warm. There appears to be no wear on the belt and if I give it a squirt of belt dressing it goes quiet for a while.
After a while I get fed up and fit a new belt and everything is quiet again. I have a garage full of serviceable Serpentine Belts, but they squeeeeeeeeek.

Does anybody else have this problem?

Looked at a 2005 model last weekend and when 'Arthur Daley' started her up she squeeeeeekkkked.. "they all do this mate" was his response.

Hi Michael

I,ve done 60,000 on the same serpentine belt and had no problems. I would look at the auto adjuster it may be putting to much tension on the belt.
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Cheers Bruno

Glad to see you've got your PC up and running again..

It does not appear to be too tight, I can twist the belt 90 Deg on the longest section. How do I back off the auto adjuster? It's hard trying to figure out how the adjuster works by touch alone and with hands and arms the size of mine access is an issue..
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Cheers Bruno

Glad to see you've got your PC up and running again..

It does not appear to be too tight, I can twist the belt 90 Deg on the longest section. How do I back off the auto adjuster? It's hard trying to figure out how the adjuster works by touch alone and with hands and arms the size of mine access is an issue..
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Yep all back up and running again with all my stuff backed up on line and offline just in case. Seems strange it only does it when cold. As for backing off the tensioner I'm sure you cant as without taking one to bits its seems as thought its just a preloaded spring encased in the alloy casing, that would be the only thing I can think of that would give problems when cold.
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Hi, Had same on my 2001 tdi. check to see if auto adjuster is running in line. My one had outer edge of belt just running off pulley, removed pulley and fitted washer behind pulley. No squeek. Hope this helps.
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Hi, I managed to have a quick look over the weekend (between showers) and It's something to do with the tensioner pully.
I started the engine when cold and the noise was there, I then applied a large dab of vaseline to the tensioner face that runs on the back of the belt restarted the engine and hey presto SILENCE.
My tensioner is central on the belt, so no issue there. However I did notice that the belts I use (Continental brand from Euro Car Parts) have a cross weave pattern on the back face and I'm wondering if this is anything to do with the noise because the one on the Toyota had a smooth back face..
Bruno, where did you get your belt from and does it have a smooth or cross weaved back face?
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Hi, I managed to have a quick look over the weekend (between showers) and It's something to do with the tensioner pully.
I started the engine when cold and the noise was there, I then applied a large dab of vaseline to the tensioner face that runs on the back of the belt restarted the engine and hey presto SILENCE.
My tensioner is central on the belt, so no issue there. However I did notice that the belts I use (Continental brand from Euro Car Parts) have a cross weave pattern on the back face and I'm wondering if this is anything to do with the noise because the one on the Toyota had a smooth back face..
Bruno, where did you get your belt from and does it have a smooth or cross weaved back face?
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I 've got one dangling in the engine of a MK1 I've got on the drive for a cambelt change I'll have a look tomorrow in the light but I'm almost sure its smooth on the back. I normally get all my belts from the local trade place(got a mate that works there) I know the cambelts are all gates ones but not sure of the fan belts. I'll have a look tomorrow in the daylight if I manage to get back from deepest darkest Sheffield O Joy
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Hi, I managed to have a quick look over the weekend (between showers) and It's something to do with the tensioner pully.
I started the engine when cold and the noise was there, I then applied a large dab of vaseline to the tensioner face that runs on the back of the belt restarted the engine and hey presto SILENCE.
My tensioner is central on the belt, so no issue there. However I did notice that the belts I use (Continental brand from Euro Car Parts) have a cross weave pattern on the back face and I'm wondering if this is anything to do with the noise because the one on the Toyota had a smooth back face..
Bruno, where did you get your belt from and does it have a smooth or cross weaved back face?

Michael

managed to escape from deepest Sheffield only to be told I've got more jobs there tomorrow Ojoy they say things come in 3's I hope not . I had a look at the belt it's smooth on the back with no cross weaving on it, I did have a look at the one on my van(Nissan Kubistar , same as a Renault Kangoo) and the belt on that has the cross weave pattern on the back but its adjusted the old fashioned way with a big bar on the alternator.
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Cheers Bruno, I reckon that might be the problem. 'she who must be obeyed' came home tonight, belt a squeeling, just a touch of vasaline on the back of the belt and she went quiet again - the car that is.. Will have a look around at the weekend and try and find a smooth backed belt and give that a try.. Good luck in Sheffield.. is the Stainless Steel Bull still there?
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Cheers Bruno, I reckon that might be the problem. 'she who must be obeyed' came home tonight, belt a squeeling, just a touch of vasaline on the back of the belt and she went quiet again - the car that is.. Will have a look around at the weekend and try and find a smooth backed belt and give that a try.. Good luck in Sheffield.. is the Stainless Steel Bull still there?
it's Sheffield someone probably stole it it's probably a bit cleaner now than I remember it from my youth having grown up near Barnsley we used to go ice skating and shopping in Sheffield when the steel works were still belching smoke out and the power station was the other side of Tinsley Viaduct and we still had the famous black mountains.. It seems strange it starts squeaking when it first starts but goes when warm, let me know how you get on with it.
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