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Old 04-17-2007
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Gatorback belt.....

I put a Gatorback belt on my 2.3 the other day and when I had it running, it sounded fine. I drove it to work and didn't have an issue. I went to lunch and it sounds horrible. Its whining....a lot. its a really high pitched whine. Could it be the belt? I guess I could just tkae it off and start the truck for a minute to see if the sound goes away but i figured I'd ask first to see if anyone else had this happen with the Gatorbacks.
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Better take a look -- you may have gotten it on a pulley slightly off to one side -- you know, one rib too far one way or the other.

If the belt and routing is fine, you probably have a pulley going bad that was causing the other belt to have problems. Could be the tensioner or the idler.

I've had nothing but good experiences with these belts. I think, unless you got a "bad" one somehow, that you have another problem. Make sure all your pulleys are turning and look for signs/sounds from them to try to determine what's making the sound. A paper towel roll or something that narrows down your sound pickup is good for trying to locate it -- or a piece of pipe.

Just be careful of those moving belts!!!
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it sounds like the tensioner......it is either not installed right or it is going bad!
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well 184,000 miles....i guess its pretty overdue lol I'll try going that route. maybe a shot of WD-40 on the tensioner pully nut will lube it up enough to make the sound vanish for a minute so I can find the problem. That sounds like a good place to start. Thanks guys.
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