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What is the best quietest serpentine belt to use?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by blazze2005, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. Jul 14, 2016 at 12:14 PM
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    blazze2005

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    I need to replace the serp belt on my 05 tacoma prerunner 4.0...I have a gatorback belt that is probably 9 years old. Im wanting to replace it but read that goodyear sold the manufacturing to continental and Ive been reading bad reviews about the newer gator belts coming apart. I never had luck with oem belt,it was always noisy...what are you guys using? Maybe I can find an old stock goodyear gatorback belt on ebay? Thanks for any info...
     
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    Dayco and Gates are quality belts. I have a Dayco on my 2006 2.7 right now and it's nice and quiet.

    But Dayco may be the OEM belt for your truck, mentioning this due to your bad luck with the OEM belt. By what I've read, it seems the 4.0 V6 is noisy in several different ways.

    Also my Corvette has a Gatorback serpentine, the belt is only 2 years old with 10,000 miles and it works fine, but kinda hard to tell how noisy the belt is on the Corvette ;)
     
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    Gates.

    What we (or at least I) don't know is who makes the OE belt.

    But I'm pretty sure it's not Toyota. And I suspect over the years multiple vendors may have won various bids.
     
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  5. Jul 14, 2016 at 1:34 PM
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    OEM is fine too
     
  6. Jul 14, 2016 at 2:11 PM
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    just picked up dayco premium...After inspecting belt its gots lots of cracking,Im gonna do both idler pulleys next weekend
     
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    can I just replace the tensioner pulley? Or do I have to buy the entire assembly? thanks
     
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    Bando has made OEM belts for Asian mfgs. Not saying they make Toyota's, but they have performed well for me.

    That said, when it comes time for me to replace mine(about 100K usually), I'll source it from a dealer.

    Regarding the serpentine belt pulley - see this thread:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...r-pulley-serpentine-belt.280576/#post-6977444
     
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  10. Jul 17, 2016 at 4:57 PM
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    Thanks for all the replies...the dayco is on and queit. But can someone please give me a part# for just the belt tensioner pully please?
    Or do I have to buy the entire belt tensioner assebly. I have the 2005 prerunner V6 4.0 Thanks!
     
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    Dayco is probably the worst belt you can buy. I'm a former ASE tech. We used to get comebacks all the time for Dayco belts squealing after they were just installed. Bando makes the best belts on the market. Gates isn't too bad, but get the good version, not cheap option.
     
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  12. Jul 17, 2016 at 6:04 PM
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    I had to put the dayco on asap...I was checking over my truck before towing my camper,my 8 year old goodyear gatorback belt was toast and ready to snap. advanced had the dayco in stock,so I had to run with it
     
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    You didn't say how many miles you have on the truck, but being that it's an 05 you should probaly replace all the idler pulleys along with the tensioner, rock auto has a kit for about $160 that has all pulleys, tensioner with pulley and new belt. It took a buddy of mine an me about 3hr to do the install (kinda sucks doing the tensioner) but piece of mind knowing everything is new was worth it.
     
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  14. Jul 17, 2016 at 11:27 PM
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    Eh I dunno about Dayco. They always seem to be a tiny bit longer than the belt I am replacing, which should be the other way around? The OEM one is made by Bando, unless if they changed it recently.
     
  15. Jul 18, 2016 at 5:10 AM
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    my 05 has 64,000 miles I ordered the oem idlers on my bosses commercial account,he gets nice discount
     
  16. Jul 18, 2016 at 7:40 AM
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    My OEM went 150k before I changed it and now it's my spare, no shame in that.

    Man, I'm bummed to hear about the Gatorback. That was my go-to belt on all of my vehicles!
     

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