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Old 09-27-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Belt squealing

Just got back from 4 hour drive from Charleston SC and when we stopped out front to unload the car from the tow-dolly there was a very loud squealing sound from the area of the motor while the motor idled.

After unloading the car, when driving to the MH’s parking spot in the back yard, noise stopped until I put it in park and the motor begin to idle and it started up again.

My guess is that the serpentine belt on the Chevy V8 is slipping.

Is this a reasonable hypothesis and have any of you had a similar experience? Last but not least, what does it take to replace the belt?

Thanks in advance to your words of wisdom.


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Old 09-28-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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It could be a glazed belt, or you might have a tensioner going south.

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Apply a dab or two of brake lubricant on either side of the belt...usually stops squealing if its just the belt!!!
Brake lubricant comes in a tube and is available at most auto parts stores.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:47 AM   #4
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Apply a dab or two of brake lubricant on either side of the belt...usually stops squealing if its just the belt!!!
Brake lubricant comes in a tube and is available at most auto parts stores.
Fixed mine with 30K miles on it, then upon returning from a trip 1500 miles later it began to shred. Checked all pulleys, tensioner, etc... and replaced it with a better Gates clone from NAPA and it will be awhile before I can make an evaluation.
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