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Old 05-25-2012, 04:49 PM
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need belt recommendations

i use my work from travel and its rare that i get a chance to get it in a shop.
Tuesday i am having it in because there is a squeak from the belt area. It seems to go away when i put baby powder on the belt. Aside from having the belt changed i was wondering if i should go ahead and have the idler pulley and belt tensioner changed while i have it in the shop.

Parts arent readily available in my area and i would need to plan ahead to pick the parts up elsewhere before my truck goes to the shop.

Thanks everyone.

p.s. i know these things are easy fixes but days off are rare and i dont wanna spend it on the psd.
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:17 PM
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You need to change what is squeaking.
Anything on the belt will just allow the belt to slip more over the pulley that is most likely starting to turn very hard.
Take off the belt, find out what pulley is bad, and replace that part.
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:36 PM
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thanks. i just didnt know if there would be anything prone to needing replacing.. just trying to prevent any break down in the future. it has 116 on it and as far as i know its all original.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:20 PM
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I mean if you feel like it, you could do a new tensioner and all new idler pulleys
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:28 PM
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No need to replace the whole tensioner pulleys or idle pulleys, you can save a bunch of cash if you just replace the bearings.

Idler pulleys, bearings?
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I had squeaking issues with mine and thought the bearings were going in the idlers or water pump. It turned out a shot of belt dressing cured it. Try that first because if baby powder makes it go away it may be your issue. You can also lock the tensioner in the open belt change position and spin the idlers by hand and see if the bearings are dry and if so change them out as Lilpooh suggests. JMHO
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