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Old 20 Aug 2009, 04:46 pm
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Default replaced belts squeal?

I have a 2003 Honda Civic

Mileage 120,000

and I just replace the belts,

timing, Alternator, and Pwr steering belt

and flushed the trany

the noise goes a way after 15 Min but it sounds like Hell
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Old 20 Aug 2009, 05:01 pm
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Fan belt, try to spray some WD 40 on it. that makes the rubber more supple.
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Old 20 Aug 2009, 06:01 pm
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Go to your parts store and get a stick of belt dressing. It will lubricate the belts and help them seat in the pulleys. Are any of the belts multi-groove, like a serpentine belt? If so, make sure you have the belt aligned properly.
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Old 20 Aug 2009, 06:16 pm
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new belt probably needs to be tightened. If the pullies dont have a belt tensioner, they will loosen up a little after intial installation, if belts are loos they will not contact the pully fully and will squeek. Just check to see if they need to be tightened. Pop the hood and push down or pull up on the belt, if you have over 1 inch of play then they are too loose andwill ne to be tightened.
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Old 20 Aug 2009, 06:31 pm
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DO NOT spray WD-40 on any belt,ever! Tension the new belt(s)there is enough time on them now so you can re-tension them.Squealing belts are slippage only,when they warm up,the noise stops.Look for the tensioning screws,One to One half turns will usually do it.
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Old 20 Aug 2009, 06:46 pm
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Please do not spray WD40 on your belts, just re-tighten them and you'll be fine
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Old 20 Aug 2009, 07:01 pm
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If you did the work, you might want to check with a friend. I would have sprayed the belt with cooking spray. However, if you hired a mechanic, take the car back.
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