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Old 12-01-2010, 06:43 AM
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Default Squeaking belt

The alternator went out on me last Saturday, costing a little under $150 to replace. Now, since it was replaced, the temps have dropped way down... and I've got a very noticeable squeak from the belt. It does it at idle and goes all the way thru the RPM range getting louder and increasing in speed.

Last night I climbed under it to hit the back of the tensioner pulley with lubricant to see if it would nuetralize it. No luck. Then, I hit the idler pulley on top... bam... it stopped... temporarily. I went ahead and replaced the idler with another. Cheap enough. When the squeak was still there, I just hit the back side of the belt with a quick shot, and again, it stopped... temporarily. That makes it sound like a belt issue. Right? It looks like the original Motorcraft belt too... unless the previous owner replaced the original with another Motorcraft @ 60k or something. It is nice and shiny, which isn't necessarily a good thing for a belt.

Ok.... I've read about the gatorbacks being the way to go on these 4.0L engines. That's probably what I'll be trying if I don't get any other recommendations.

Everything sound good?
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:30 AM
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Default Re: Squeaking belt

Just replace the belt. I had the same squeak you describe and replaced the belt last night and it's gone.
Dealer I bought it from soaked it with belt dressing or something to make the squeak go away but it was back later the same day I bought it.
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:38 AM
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Default Re: Squeaking belt

sounds like a belt problem to me!
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:03 AM
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Thanks! I'll pick up a belt at lunch.
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:04 PM
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whats the gatorback?
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:24 PM
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yeah belt for sure. gatorback is a belt brand, if you like your truck dont go cheap on it, gator back might cost a bit more, but its the right thing to do for a truck you love.
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:29 PM
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good choice with the gatorback! it fixed the squeak my 01 had, great belt.
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:50 PM
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Gatorback did it... fixed it! Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:04 PM
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how much for the belt?
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:16 AM
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$41 for the Gatorback @ Bumper to Bumper
$28 for the best brand @ Autozone
$21 for the cheapest brand @ Autozone
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