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Sqeaky belt or something else?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by CBDaddy, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Jan 20, 2008 at 5:03 PM
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    CBDaddy

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    Since the arrival of winter, I notice a squeaking noise coming from under the hood when I first start my truck until it warms up. It sounds like a squeak or whistle, I suppose what a slipping belt would sound like. The noise is faint, and I can really only hear it when I throw in the clutch and let off the gas as the RPM's fall from 2200-1500 RPM's. Like I said, the noise goes away once the engine is warm.

    I just inspected my belts, and they look okay, but I'm not sure how tight they should be. I can twist over each of the 3 belts 180 degrees. Is that normal? Would a squeaking sound from a loose belt go away when the engine warms up?

    Has anyone else had this problem? Does it sound like a loose belt or something else? Sorry I spelled squeaky wrong in the post subject!
     
  2. Jan 20, 2008 at 5:11 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    It's a good place to start, seeing that your truck is an 04, replace the belts, should not have a lot of play, find the middle of the longest stretch between pulleys, pull with fingers, no more than an inch.
     
  3. Jan 20, 2008 at 5:16 PM
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    2003greenbean

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    sounds like a belt to me but i have herd of pully bearing going bad
     
  4. Jan 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    Yeah, I had a tensioner go south on me on a V-8 with about 200,000 miles on it, but it was making a hell of a racket that never went away until replaced.
     
  5. Nov 24, 2008 at 4:04 PM
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    eyball

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    Hey CBDaddy,

    Did you ever get this fixed? I have/had the same type noise as you describe. I changed my belt at the end of last winter and it went away. Now that the cold weather is back so is the squeak. I am guess an idler pully..? How hard are these to change out?

    Thanks
     
  6. Nov 24, 2008 at 5:10 PM
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    chris4x4

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    They are not that hard at all, but you need to remove the radiator shroud to clear room to work. Its easy as the shroud is 2 peices. When I did mine, I removed the radiator as well. :)
     
  7. Nov 24, 2008 at 5:41 PM
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    eyball

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    How did you know which one to replace or did you replace all 3? Also couldnt it be the tensioner making the noise? I just sprayed mine with silicone lubricant and the noise stopped.

    Thanks for the info!:)
     
  8. Nov 24, 2008 at 6:04 PM
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    chris4x4

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    I replaced my tensioner.
     
  9. Nov 25, 2008 at 7:21 PM
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    eyball

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    How many miles did your truck have when you had to change it?
    Do you need any special tools to do the job?
    Thanks!
     
  10. Nov 26, 2008 at 3:25 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    I think mine was bad right off the bat. Started makeing the sqeak at about 5,000 miles. Since I was planning a supercharger for it, I just put it off untill I put the blower on. No special tools were needed.
     
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