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Belts making noise

I have a 1998 mazada protage with a 1.5.and the a/c/ power steering, belt wont stop making noise.Its fine when driving it but as soon as you stop it gos off.After driving for a while it will go away.Its the worse in the morring and after it sets at night.Ive changed the belt 3 times and the last one was a mazada brand,it helped for a little while.Ive tighten the belt really tight still dose it.Then it goes off I have to turn the a/c / heater off to try to get it to stop.Im wondering if I have to replace pullys know.Can someone give me so info.Thank you .

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  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    Ive replaced the altenater and my mazda has no belt tensioner you have to adjust it by hand.what else to you think i could check .Thank you

  • horrible_nic Feb 10, 2009

    Ive replaced the altenater and my mazda has no belt tensioner you have to adjust it by hand.what else to you think i could check .Thank you



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My belts have broken. Car overheated, lost power steering, and battery light illuminated. What is wrong with my car? previous website listed above shows a serpentine belt tensioner, does this apply to my 1998 Mazda Protege? it says that it is only for a Mazda Navajo and a Mazda pickup.

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Simply check is to replace the serpentine belt tensioner. Looks like this:
Another reason you might have alternator going to die. Try to rotate the alternator rotor without belt on it. If you need to use force no free rotation, replace the alternator.
Please kindly let me know if you need more info
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  • Grigory Zyryanov Feb 10, 2009

    You can clean al the pulleys with brush and brake cleaner (NOT BRAKE FLUID). Put belt back. If still noisy mark the edge of each pulleys with chalk. The rotates you should see the line. The flash together this sqeek will show the pulley which is bad due to bad bearings. In most cases you able to replace pulley/bearing. If not you will need to replace whole thing (AC, water pump alternator)

    Sometimes the replacement of engine mount will help too. But everything depends on you budget

    Hope that helps

    Best Luck and Happy Fixing



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