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we tried that holes trick but we used a block of wood and found nothing but the only one we didnt try is the one with the fan which we can't reach. I'm sure a new belt would work but i want to make sure before going out to buy a new one

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My old minivan has a belt squeal. After determining the cause to be the idler pulley, I now simply touch the belt with a bar of soap and it quiets down. Maybe once a week I do that and it's way cheaper/easier than replacing the idler pulley. :thumbsup:

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My old minivan has a belt squeal. After determining the cause to be the idler pulley, I now simply touch the belt with a bar of soap and it quiets down. Maybe once a week I do that and it's way cheaper/easier than replacing the idler pulley. :thumbsup:

 

Easier maybe, cheaper? Maybe not. The idler pulley bearings are less than $3.00/ea at Fastenal, take about 10 minutes to press out / press in, done. The cost of those bars of soap add up after awhile........... :cheers:

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My old minivan has a belt squeal. After determining the cause to be the idler pulley, I now simply touch the belt with a bar of soap and it quiets down. Maybe once a week I do that and it's way cheaper/easier than replacing the idler pulley. :thumbsup:

 

Easier maybe, cheaper? Maybe not. The idler pulley bearings are less than $3.00/ea at Fastenal, take about 10 minutes to press out / press in, done. The cost of those bars of soap add up after awhile........... :cheers:

and you're going to need a dedicated bar of soap for that because momma aint gonna be happy when she gets in the shower and her soap has 6 black grooves cut in it :fool:

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I had a nasty belt squeal for awhile and thought it was the idler pulley, but after I had a mechanic friend look at it with me, we tightened the belt up a little and I haven't had a squeak since. I was told on here, IIRC, that if you can twist your belt more than a 1/2 turn it's too loose. Of course it depends on how hard you have to twist it, but a rule of thumb measurement I guess. I thought mine had plenty of tension on it, but obviously it did not. I say give that a shot.

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