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My car has extreme squeaky nose - Freestar Ford Cars & Trucks

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  • jmcoll May 03, 2010

    when driving but also when idling

  • jmcoll May 04, 2010

    how do i check the belt

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If this is when you are driving, check the belt; if this is when you are braking, check the pads.

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Posted on May 03, 2010

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    ZJ Limited May 04, 2010

    Chekc this procedure to check and adjust a Drive Belt; remember that a drive belt is a critical component of a well-functioning car engine and alternator. An over stretched belt can quickly wear and damage an alternator bearing; a loose belt may slip, become noisy, make the alternator vibrate and wear quickly. It is the alternator’s job to recharge the battery, provide electricity when the engine is running, and adjust voltage output to meet the needs of electrical components around the engine. So you can see how a maladjusted or worn-out drive belt can stop dead your engine in a matter of seconds. The next steps will guide you in a simple but effective way to check and adjust the drive belt if necessary.

    Things You'll Need:
    * Flashlight
    * Notepad and pencil
    * Straightedge
    * Ruler
    * Wrench or ratchet set
    * Pry bar

    1. Find the alternator drive belt at the front or right hand side of the engine compartment on the passenger side of the vehicle.
    2. Slide your fingers along the edges of the drive belt and hard to see areas, trying to feel for cracks and detached plies. Use a flashlight to make a visual inspection as well.
    3. Watch for fraying and shiny spots on the upper and underside of the drive belt which also indicate wear. Twist the belt to see underside areas. All these symptoms are signs of drive belt breakdown and a warning for a prompt replacement.
    4. Look for torn or missing rib sections on serpentine belts-also called V-ribbed belts. Cracks along the ribs are not cause for concern, but missing rib sections 1/2 inch or longer and cracks running parallel to ribs indicate serious wear. Replace the belt.
    5. Check the drive belt tension. Measure the distance--from center to center--between the two pulleys with the largest free span of drivebelt. Write down your measurement in a small notepad.
    6. Place a straightedge atop the longest free span of the drive belt and using a ruler, push the drive belt down around the center of the span.
    7. Write down the deflection reading indicated by the intersection of the straightedge against the ruler.
    8. Compare your numbers. If your measurement from Step 5 was 7 to 11 inches, the belt deflection should be around 1/4 inch. If your measurement from Step 5 was 12 to 16 inches, the belt deflection should be around 1/2 inch.
    9. Adjust the belt tension if your reading is out of specification. Loosen the mounting and adjusting bolts of the alternator with a wrench or ratchet. Using a steel bar, pry on the end frame of the alternator, holding the tension while tightening the adjustment bolt. Check the tension again and tight the mounting bolt when within specification.
    10. Try turning the alternator pulley with your hand. If the drive belt slips, replace it.

    You have two pulleys... one is the driver pulley and the other is the
    driven pulley... now a tensioner pulley goes inbetween those two pulleys
    to put some tension on the belt so when the driven belt starts to turn
    the belt won't start to slip... so it tightens the belt up.

    Good luck.

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