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Belt question?

After changing the oil yesterday, I noticed that my serpentine belt has a small fray on the side next to the cab. Should I go ahead and replace this, the truck has 100,500, is that the normal life expectancy assuming it is original on my 96?
There is a shisshing noise (sorry, just can't describe how it actually sounds) when the truck is cold at idle, but after it runs for a while, the noise goes away. It sounds like it is coming from some part of belt area.
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replace belt, I am not sure but I believe that the belts are supposed to be replaced every 50,000 miles. If you notice any type of damage during an inspection of the belt. Then you should replace the belt no matter how many miles are on it.


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Replace the belt and keep it in the truck as a spare. Also consider getting yourself a spare CPS and a small socket set if you don't already have one and carry it on the truck as well.
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two things to look at......

the belt definately needs to be replaced, but i would first of all look at your tensioner....make sure it doesnt look like the two halves are trying to seperate under the spring tension. The other thing i would look at after you take the belt off is the water pump where your hearing a noise. grab onto it and make sure it isnt loose, it could be getting ready to go and when the bearings go they commonly have the impeller grind into the backside of the pump a little....

Other than that, while the belt is off spin your A/C compressor pully and your idlers and stuff and just make sure everything spins freely.....the PS pump and vacume pump should be the only ones with a little resistance
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My truck when at low speeds sometimes does not act like it wants to turn, most of the time it is more noticeable to the left, but also occassionally to the right. It has plenty of power steering fluid, but I wonder if my belt being damaged isn't pulling the power steering pump sufficiently to help me steer.
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Or...maybe the pump is bad and is taking the belt with it? I'd check to see if/how it spins with the belt off...

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dang a 96 with only 100500 miles i thinnk thats a record low

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Check all your pulleys for any noise or play, could be a misalignment issue

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dang a 96 with only 100500 miles i thinnk thats a record low
It might be but I visited my father in-law the other day and he showed me his neighbors truck 97 PSD dually with only 15k on the ticker, the thing looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor, bought it from an older gentelman that only used it one a year to haul his camper out to the lake. And he only paid $6000 for it!!!!!!!

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dang thats a good deal. i bought my truck for 5000 froma REAL good family friend of ours and it didnt look nothin like it does now, and it had like 173000 on it then

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I think he knew the guy, said he knew it had been religiously maintained, I offer him 7 and he refused lol.

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