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Old 10-27-2008
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SQUEAK goes the Belt

Hey everyone...searched the forums and I have determined that the mind numbing SQUEAKING coming from the motor is my TENSIONER. I sprayed it with silicone and it stopped for about 20 miles and then started again.
So, i am going to replace it myself. From first look, it appears to be a pretty easy job. Has anyone tackled this and have any input? Could not find anything in the How Tos. Not sure how tight to make the belt, etc.....
I have a 2002 V6, 3.0
And, we are Ford Dealership Impaired here in Charleston and would rather not give them any of my business if it can be helped. Anyone have some good online parts suppliers they want to share?
Thanks up front for the feedback..
Peace, Love and Floormats.
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Mine does the same thing I think, every time I wash the truck or it rains one of the belts squeeks for a bit till it drys itself out, I think it might be my serp belt is junk...
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I think mine is the bad tensioner. i has not gotten wet and continues to be noisy even after i drive over an hour.
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if your going to put a tensioner on it then why not a new belt also ?

the noise comes from a loss of traction from the belt itself.
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I agree. Put on a new belt except the guy i bought the truck from said he just had a new belt put on it in June but it is not a Gator Belt. Looks stock.
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could be the pully on the tensioner has dry bearings...
take it off and have a closer look....
i replaced my tensioner, but it was due to the spring inside it was shot.... i got it at autozone..
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i have to replace mine drives me nut
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squeaky squeaky squeaky all the way home :)
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Try putting some baby powder on the belt. If any antifreeze contacted the belt it can stay on the belt for a long time. The powder will absorb it and fall off. The only downside is when you first start it after the powder it goes every where and you need to blow off all the excess.
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