[DML] Re: Alternator Belt
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[DML] Re: Alternator Belt

If the belt has been tightened correctly it should be quiet. If the 
belt is making noise then you need a new belt. That soap and 
dressing is for used car guys to help in a fast sale. It is unlikely 
you will get the correct tension doing it with the screwdriver as 
tight as you can method. 

Harold McElraft - 3354

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "dmcjosh85" <dmcjosh85@xxxx> wrote:
> I replaced my alternator about a month and a half ago and at first 
> had the same noise. a constant high-pitched whistling noise 
> by a squealing scream when I gave it some gas. I didnt have to 
> replace the belt since the one I had there was already quite new 
> the previous owner and looked to be in good condition. It took me 
> little bit to think that the belt just isnt tight enough. So I got 
> under the car and using a long screw-driver I placed it inbetween 
> alternator and the alternater housing bracket and just gave it 
> good muscle. I got it as tight as it would go and had my grandpa 
> tighten the bolts so it locked it in place. After that the 
> went away about...80% (only makes the sound during idle) id say 
> the squealing when giving it some gas was completely gone. I did 
> across a bottle of belt noise reducer in the garage and applied 
> which greatly helped out. since than the noise is only a small 
> whistle when at idle and my voltage is consistant (even on a going 
> bad battery and a electrical guage that needs to be cleaned for 
> greater accuracy)
> I also heard that getting rid of that belt noise can be done by 
> getting a wet bar of soap and rubbing it on the the teeth of the 
> as the car runs. Not sure what to think of this method but its 
> I've heard. 
> Hope it helps!
> Josh Tidwell
> 04463
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "David Teitelbaum" <jtrealty@xxxx> 
> wrote:
> > The belt should be toward the loose side but not so loose than 
> > you try to turn the alternator pulley the belt will slip 
> you
> > to turn the pulley. Much tighter than that and you will kill the
> > bearings in the water pump and the alternator. It sounds like 
> > alternator could be out-of-alignmnet. Vee belts do not like
> > misalignment, everything MUST be in the same plane. Check with a
> > string or a straightedge. Also make sure the belt is correct. It
> > should not be riding on it's bottom, ONLY the sides of 
the "vee". It
> > is also possible you have a problem with the alternator or the 
> water pump.
> > David Teitelbaum
> > vin 10757
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Robert Lingo" <rlingo@xxxx> 
> > > How tight must the alternator belt be? I had a belt beak on me 
> once.
> > Here's 
> > > what happened: I started the car after it had sat for over 
> hours 
> > > (while I was at work). It ran very rough after starting. When I
> > pressed the 
> > > accelerator I heard the belt squeal a couple of times. All of a
> > sudden a 
> > >

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