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2001 lincoln continental, serpentine belt screeching

2001 lincoln continental, serpentine belt replaced 6 times in past four years, screeching starts again each time, last time belt replaced was only three weeks ago and screeching already back again

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  • maydown56 Jul 21, 2009

    About 6 months ago when the belt was replaced for the fifth time, the mechanic suggested that I have the engine shampooed to make sure that any sprays that might have been used in the past were not causing the problem, I had this done and a new belt installed, this did not fix the problem, I took my car to another service station ( all previous belts were replaced by my Ford dealership) and they replaced the belt, the screeching has started again, it is just over three weeks since the last belt change. I have now paid thousands of dollars to fix this problem and Ford seem disinterested!
    appreciate your comments

  • maydown56 Jul 21, 2009

    I have a 2001 lincoln continental which I have owned for four years. I have had the serpentine belt replaced six times. The initial problem was a loud screeching noise each time I turned on my car. On the fifth replacement the mechanic suggested shampooing the entire engine to eliminate any buildup which may have resulted in previous use of sprays. I agreed to this and a new belt was subsequently installed. this did not resolve the problem. The screeching returned. I visited another mechanic (previously always used Ford dealership) and he replaced the belt again, screeching returned after three weeks, i am fast running out of money for these quick fix-don't work solutions, please help!

  • maydown56 Jul 21, 2009

    The screeching appears to be coming from the area of the front passenger side, The car has had all its regular services over the past four years that I have owned it and all required work has always been done. Is it possible that this is a fault in this car and if so should I be making a complaint directly to Ford.


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Can you narrow down exactly where the screeching is coming from? Possibly it is from the A/C pump pulley needing to get up to speed because of a faulty clutch or bad bearings. Otherwise bad bearings in one of the other pulleys may be causing this but first you need to know exactly where the screech is coming from which is a pain to find out if you haven't yet, I know. Let me know how this turns out.


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    Benjamin Patri Jul 21, 2009

    It probably is a faulty part, not Ford's fault but you should narrow down the specific spot the belt is rubbing on that the screech is coming from (which part, not general area). It could be rubbing right on the engine though that usually is found right away so I doubt this is it. Again, it is probably a pulley and depending on the pulley, you should probably get that unit that it is turning replaced and see if that solves the problem. It should.


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You must make sure all pullies are properly lined and clean out all groves. Moreover, you might need to replace the belt tensioner. Check your idler(s) to make sure they spin freely and the bushings are not sticking and/or froze up. Do not use any belt dressing or other sprays whatsoever.

Your public library will have a manual covering your mechanical repair. Moreover, they have the automotive shops online software called AllData. It is the best auto technician database available today. You can print out specific troubleshooting procedures, diagrams, step-by-step istructions, and soforth. The typical person cannot afford to pay for this service, just automotive dealerships, etc... that is why the public library made it available to everyone and for free to view and print out material. This should Fixya! Good Luck!

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