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Old 03-18-2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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E-450 V-10 Noisy Belt

I have a 2008 Jayco Greyhawk Ford E-450 V-10 ...the serpentine belt or tensioner/pulley is making noise... not quite a squeal... almost like a rapid ticking sound... made this sound since new... I have a little over 2K miles and thought it would go away... did have a Ford dealer look at it but they came up with nothing... I guess I will have to be a little more forceful with them... anyone else have a noisy belt?

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We had a 1999 that had this issue from very early on. It was a bad idler assembly replaced under warranty.

Can you determine if it is the belt of the pulley? A bearing would normally be a low growl. Can you get a large screw driver safely onto the bearing or pulley bracket while it is running?

Also, do you have access to a stroboscope so that you can watch the belt while running?

I hate to use a belt dressing on a good belt, but you might try spraying a bit on the belt while running. Since the belt contacts on the flat side as well as the grooved side. there could be a bad spot in the belt on either side.

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Thanks for the input Ken... don't have access to a strobe... did when I was working but retired now.....remember my Dad using a hose to his ear ...also a large screw driver as a listening device to locate engine noise... have rain today..might get troubleshoot it tomorrow..

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Joe, just be very careful with the engine running and sticky anything around the fan an belt.

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We had a 1999 that had this issue from very early on. It was a bad idler assembly replaced under warranty.


I hate to use a belt dressing on a good belt, but you might try spraying a bit on the belt while running. Since the belt contacts on the flat side as well as the grooved side. there could be a bad spot in the belt on either side.

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Better than belt dressing is dielectric grease. It doen't hurt the belt. In my case I had some rust on one of the idlers. Cleaned it as best I could and applied the dielectric as much as I could reach. Afer 100 miles the tick went away. Had a Ford mechanic tip me off to this. The RV sat for awhile and the idlers got a film of rust. Now I don't let it sit that long.
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Joe, just be very careful with the engine running and sticky anything around the fan an belt.

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Roger that....

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Better than belt dressing is dielectric grease. It doen't hurt the belt. In my case I had some rust on one of the idlers. Cleaned it as best I could and applied the dielectric as much as I could reach. Afer 100 miles the tick went away. Had a Ford mechanic tip me off to this. The RV sat for awhile and the idlers got a film of rust. Now I don't let it sit that long.
I'll keep that in mind..thanks for the tip..

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