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One of two engine belts squeals when car is started.

I have a 1989 Lincoln Town Car. One of the belts in my engine squeals when the engine is started. I've taken it to several places and I've gotten a different response each time. I've tried sanding the belt down and oiling the belt. I took it to a local Valvoline station and they said the pulleys might need to be cleaned. Then when I brought it in a week ago to have the oil changed, a different worker said that the belt might be too wide. I need to know, what size belt do I need, and would the sizes be different for the fan belt and the belt for the engine?

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How does the belt fit in the groove? It should fit well with no space under the belt (which, if it were too wide, it would have a space). A belt can get 'glazed' over time, and slip and cause the squeal you describe. If the belt is dried up, oiling it seems logical, but in reality you are making it easier for it to slip and make the squeal noise. I would replace the belt, and clean off the pulleys with a clean dry rag the best you can to remove any traces of oil. There is also a product called 'belt dressing' that helps the belt grip better. I would not use this on the belt with oil though, I think you should replace it.

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