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Understanding All the Drive Belts in Your Car
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Common Signs Your Drive Belt Is Loose
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Common Signs Your Drive Belt Is Loose
The most common sign of a loose drive belt is noise, and it can range from a barely audible squeak to an...
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Is Loose
The most common sign of a loose drive belt is noise, and it can range from a barely audible squeak to an...
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Is Loose
The most common sign of a loose drive belt is noise, and it can range from a barely audible squeak to an...
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Is Loose
The most common sign of a loose drive belt is noise, and it can range from a barely audible squeak to an...
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Is Loose
The most common sign of a loose drive belt is noise, and it can range from a barely audible squeak to an...
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Is Loose
The most common sign of a loose drive belt is noise, and it can range from a barely audible squeak to an...
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Is Loose
The most common sign of a loose drive belt is noise, and it can range from a barely audible squeak to an...
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Needs Replacement
A car drive or serpentine belt keeps your engine running smoothly. Unusual noises from the engine and visible belt wear means it needs replacement.
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Needs Replacement
A car drive or serpentine belt keeps your engine running smoothly. Unusual noises from the engine and visible belt wear means it needs replacement.
Common Signs Your Drive Belt Needs Replacement
A car drive or serpentine belt keeps your engine running smoothly. Unusual noises from the engine and visible belt wear means it needs replacement.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Serpentine/Drive Belt
Common signs include a squealing noise from the front of the vehicle, power steering and AC not working, engine overheating, and cracks on the belt.
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How to Adjust Drive Belts
Drive belts power electrical systems and other features in your car. An improperly adjusted drive belt can cause damage to your engine.
How to Quiet a Noisy Drive Belt
The drive belt operates different accessories mounted on the engine. The best way to minimize it's noise is to adjust the drive belt to specification.

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What do you think could be wrong?
Hi there: What you're describing appears to be a problem with the serpentine belt; which powers many of your vehicle's components including the alternator, power steering, and air conditioning systems. When the belt or the pulley's that turn the belt...
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Water pump
The 5.7 L engine on the 2007 Toyota Tundra has a timing chain, and the 4.7 L engine has a timing belt. If you have the model with a 4.7 L engine, you will want to purchase a timing...
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Timing belt ripped and after weird loud sound
Good question. I don't think there was any damage done to your car. Belts break all the time, just put a new one on and it'll be fine. Your steering wheel became hard to turn because your power steering pump...
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Timing belt ripped and after that a weird loud sound
I don't think there was any damage done to your car. Belts break all the time, just put a new one on and it'll be fine. Your steering wheel became hard to turn because your power steering pump wasn't working....
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Serpentine belt keeps shredding.
The belt will get cut or shredded by pulley alignment or seized pulley bearings. The alignment of the pulleys should be checked. The tensioner pulley is the most common one to be out of alignment or the bearing to seize...
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Serpentine belt keeps shredding
Hi. A malfunctioning belt tensioner is likely, as well as other component along the belt drive system, to cause failure with the belt. Have a technician remove the belt and make sure all of the other components spin freely at...
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serpentine belt keeps breaking
The belt is either too tight or too loose, pulleys (including that on the harmonic balancer), the tensioner, and accessories are out of plane, and/or the belt driven accessories are binding, that is they are not turning freely because the...
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Serpentine belt coming off
Hello. The oil that is spitting out from the front main seal is leaking onto the serpentine belt, and belt pulleys. This is causing the serpentine belt to slip off. The front main seal will need to be replaced with...
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Serpentine belt came off
This vehicle is equipped with an automatic belt tensioner. So, if the belt slid off while driving, either the tensioner is weak or the pulleys are out of alignment. Also, there could be oil leaking down onto the belt, or...
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Serpentine belt came off
A thrown belt is generally caused by either a seized peripheral - such as an alternator - AC compressor, or possibly a faulty tensioner or idler pulley. It is often suggested that if a belt has been thrown, that the...
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Serpentine belt
It is not advisable to drive your vehicle without the serpentine belt attached. Your vehicle has two serpentine belts listed. If the main belt is broken, the alternator and water pump will not be turning. You will lose all power...
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High Pitched Squeal
From what you described, this problems sounds like it is likely due to a worn serpentine belt. You may need to have your belt replaced to get rid of the high pitched squeal. If you would like help replacing the...
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Drive belt squealing
Hello, if there is a noisy belt, belt condition should be checked to see if the belt are stretched out or dry. While the engine is running the idler and tensioner pulley should be checked for noisy bearings. This engine...
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Car runs hot
On some of these engines, the idler, or tensioner pulley, tends to go bad and throws the belt. However, it could be that your belt just broke from age and wear, or another problem caused the belt to break or...
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Car leaking power steering fluid
The serpentine belt rides on some pulleys that are smooth. If you do have oil leaking onto it, it is possible for it to slip off. The rack and pinion is located close to the firewall of the vehicle and...
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Car is shaking violently
Since you have listed a number of issues, there is no certain way to provide you with a definitive answer. It's highly unlikely that all your issues are rooted in one part or system. If the plugs are covered in...
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Broken serpentine belt
The drive belt that snapped spins the alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning compressor. If the AC compressor seized and snapped the belt, the proper way to repair this is to replace the AC compressor and replace the drive...
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Broken belt
the most common cause of a belt breaking or coming off is the belt tensioner seizes and throws off the belt. Have the tensioner and belt replaced. Check all the other pulleys are free moving and not seized.
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Belts squealing
Hello. There is a specific procedure for setting the ignition timing. Once you are ready to check the timing, it is very simple to adjust it to specification. This should be done if it is 10 degrees off. Engine performance...
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Can i bypass ac compressor with shorter serpentine belt on 98 Lincoln continental
The only way to bypass compressor is to install a compressor bypass pulley in the same position as compressor. I can tell you that these kits are more expensive than replacing the compressor itself and just getting the a/c to...

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