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Noisy belts...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by HER99TOYota, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Jun 23, 2009 at 8:29 AM
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    HER99TOYota

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    The belts on my truck are always making noise and it drives me crazy. What can I do to fix the problem? I tried belt lube and I honestly think it made the noise even worse ha ha. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Jun 23, 2009 at 8:30 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Replace them with new belts?
     
  3. Jun 23, 2009 at 8:34 AM
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    Thanks for the quick reply! Should I replace all of them and how difficult is it to do?
     
  4. Jun 23, 2009 at 8:37 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Its not hard. You should replace all of them to be on the safe side. :)
     
  5. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:03 AM
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    I will probably change them this weekend and see how it turns out! Thanks!
     
  6. Jun 23, 2009 at 5:51 PM
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    Since our trucks do not have auto belt tensioners on them, you may want to adjust the components so that your belts are tight. I still can't believe that they don't have belt tensioners on them. Oh well.
     
  7. Jun 23, 2009 at 5:55 PM
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    ARe you sure its the belts sqeeking?

    When are they making noises? All the time? Only at startup?

    THe A/C idler pulleys on the 3.4L are known to go bad. THe bearings go bad and start squeeling. Also, any of the bearings on any of the pulleys can go back. You need to determine if you have bad bearings and which ones.

    If you're changing the belts, take the time to spin each pulley by hand and FEEL them. Feel for rough spots and if they're loose. Pulleys should spin smoothly and freely without any play side-to-side.
     
  8. Jun 23, 2009 at 5:57 PM
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    When there's 3 belts....I can only imagine its cheaper to make the components adjustable versus a fixed component & additional pulleys involved.
     
  9. Jun 23, 2009 at 6:40 PM
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    chris4x4

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    FWIW, the second gens have auto tensioners. :)
     
  10. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:15 PM
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    My belts squeek all the time. It makes my truck sound like a piece of crap...for one, its a toyota and two....we all know toyota is the BEST :D If they squeek all the time, is it definitely the belts?
     
  11. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:41 PM
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    If you are getting new belts I would recommend spending the extra couple of bucks for Gator Back belts. I started using them in my old 88 Wrangler and refuse to use anything else since. They seem to last forever, grip well, and never slip.
     
  12. Jun 24, 2009 at 2:37 AM
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    Nope, only if the truck is running. If it's squeeks when truck in not running, you may have mice. :eek:

    Sorry, I had to... :D You did say "All" the time......:D

    99% sure it should go away with new belts. Although, it could be a pully or tensioner bearing. Unlikely though.
     
  13. Jun 24, 2009 at 2:44 AM
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    Adjust them first. I went through this exact thing a while back.
     
  14. Jun 24, 2009 at 3:27 AM
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    Are you reading any of the responses? Are you doing anything to look at them?

    Here's mine again....from a previous post.

    THe A/C idler pulleys on the 3.4L are known to go bad. THe bearings go bad and start squeeling. Also, any of the bearings on any of the pulleys can go bad. You need to determine if you have bad bearings and which ones.

    If you're changing the belts, take the time to spin each pulley by hand and FEEL them. Feel for rough spots and if they're loose. Pulleys should spin smoothly and freely without any play side-to-side.

    To add:
    Belts don't normally squeel or squeek on their own. When belts squeek, it's usually when they're too loose and they squeek at 'startup' when the torque load is higher.
     
  15. Jun 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM
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    they do squeel on there own. When there old and stretched out..I can't count how many ive done on rangers and such, and the squeel went away after a new belt, but they also have auto tensioners.

    Try new belts and see if that works out, just make sure to check everything while your there to make sure its no pulleys or anything.
     
  16. Jun 25, 2009 at 2:15 PM
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    Yes, I am reading ALL of the respnses. Am I s'pose to check this stuff with or without the belts on?
     
  17. Jun 25, 2009 at 5:43 PM
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    You have to take the belts off.

    You mentioned you were gonna change the belts this weekend...(see below)
    So that'll be the perfect time to check all the bearings/pulleys.
     
  18. Jun 26, 2009 at 10:26 PM
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    My point exactly...the weekend hasnt even gotten here yet and you are asking me if I am doing anything to check things out. I had read all the responses but since I hadnt taken the belts off yet, there was no progress to post. Im not gonna have time this wknd but possibly during the week. I will post the progress as it accures! Thanks again for all the response :D
     
  19. Jun 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM
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    FWIW, Janster is right in that it sounds more like a pully, than the belts. If the squeak is always there, its a pully. Belts will squeak, but often go away after warm.
     
  20. Jun 27, 2009 at 9:58 PM
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    Sounds good! If it is a pully, how much do they cost to replace and is it difficult? I will hopefully find time to do it during the week, but if its too pricey, I will have to wait...
     
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