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Is it a Belt?

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.8L DOHC' started by TurboSupra12, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. TurboSupra12

    TurboSupra12 FEOA Member

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    When i start my car, and it's cold, there's a high pitched souns coming fromt he engine.. is that a loose belt? i thought so, but wasn't sure, cause when the car is hot, it doesn't make any sounds anymore...

    any ideas?
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    well I'm an electrician so I've never heard of a belt LOL
    anyhoo, if it is a real high pitched squeal that you can get rid of by reving the engine and letting it fall back down, or just goes away on its own as it warms up, then one of the belts is loose. Is it a serpentine? then maybe a new tensioner is in order too. If it's not a serpentine, you can tighten the belt by adjusting whatever component it is for if it is the AC belt then it would only squeal when the AC is on. Is the AC on when you start the car? Turning the AC on and off a few times will tell you if that's the offending belt, but if the belt is any age to speak of, change it. When the new one goes on, you'll be adjusting the tension as you go.
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    ok i just tried that, and yes, it's only when the ac is on....so will changing the belt fix that?



    is it normal ofr my car to idle higher with the ac on, then it does with it off? :?
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    yes it is normal,

    if not the car would just die when you tried to go, or if you put it in drive( if its an auto)
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    aside from what madbrad said, it could also be moisture buildup.

    i had that problem before, then i garage-kept my baby, and in a few weeks it went away on it's own.
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    I just got new belts... never came back.
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    You can spray it with WD-40 and it will stop squealing for a while. Not a permanent solution but it works. Try that, just tighten it up, or get a new belt.
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    Change your belt or re-tension it, depending upon its condition (my vote is for a belt change, personally).

    Rubber is weird stuff - when it's cold, it's actually longer than when it's warm. Your belt has stretched with age and so when it is cold, it's a shade too long and it slips a bit. As soon as it warms up, it's fine.

    Some guys believe in changing all belts at the same time for ease of remembering when they were done. If you don't know when your belts were last changed or it was more than 100,000 km (60,000 miles) ago, change them all now. It's the right thing to do.
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    if the moisture thing is the problem it's too loose because it should be able to handle moisture. Tell us if it is a serpentine or separate belts. or just tell us your car we can tell by that.

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