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Old 12-08-2013, 11:35 AM
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Hi all. Been quite awhile since I visited here. This fall my buddy and I managed to pull off a timing belt/water pump replacement on our 97 Lude and while I was at it, I changed all of the belts. For some reason that I'm not sure of, I began to develop a squeal in the alternator belt. Now it seems that since its getting colder here the squeal has turned into the most ungodly loud scream you can imagine. It is so loud that its hard to tell exactly where its coming from but I know that when it quiets down if you turn on the defroster it goes back to the scream of a thousand Indians. So, I figure it has to be the alternator and not the power steering belt etc...
I always thought this was simply caused by a belt too lose so I tightened it more by turning the adjuster screw even though by hand it seemed to feel tight already. I tightened it more anyway.
No difference. You can still hear it coming from blocks away its that loud when its screaming. Now, it does sometimes quit for awhile, but it always comes back. I tried spraying the belt with belt spray and it did help a little bit, for a little while. But its back.
So, should I consider maybe buying another belt for it even though this one is new? I did buy a whole laundry list of parts online when we did the timing belt change. Is it possible that it just isnt a good belt for the car?
Sounds like a dumb question I know but if you heard this noise, its not like a common belt squeal that you hear most times. This thing screams bloody blue blazes.
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Be sure your belts are tensioned to spec.
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Re: Alternator belt 97 Lude

Yea the alt belt has to tighten almost perfectly. Mine would squeak on start up but it's fixed. Make sure u can twist the belt about 180 degrees to get the belt almost perfect. That's what I did and no squeak.
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. Make sure u can twist the belt about 180 degrees to get the belt almost perfect. That's what I did and no squeak.
Really? If thats the case mines way too tight then, it would never twist 180. Its tight enough to barely twist at all.
I don't have a torque wrench even if I knew what the exact spec is supposed to be.
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My bad maybe 90 degrees. I went outside and checked
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Re: Alternator belt 97 Lude

Search google for belt tightening gauges. There are a couple of different types and cost under $20.
You can also check Ebay.

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Re: Alternator belt 97 Lude

Too tight mighta hurt your bearing.
Try pulling off the belt and spin the pulley by hand. Hopefully there isn't an adverse noise coming from the bearing.

If not, check the belt for twist-age. Lay it down flat on it's side to ensure there isn't an arc in it (a curve) The entire belt should lay flat.
Years ago I had a squeal from putting it on slightly crooked. And it had a curve.
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