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Old 08-26-2004, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When i start going from a stop, the car squeels like a belt is lose, kinda like some cars sound when the AC is on but it stops after like a second. It's not creating any problems with the car, its just annoying me and I want to fix it. Anybody else have this problem? I'm almost positive its a worn out belt, but would I be able to change it myself??
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Its your fan belt...it either needs replacing through wear and tear or needs tightening slightly...you can take up slack by loosening off the bolt which holds in your widget (alternator?) and by using some force and a large screwdriver you can pry it back and forth until the belt is tight again...dont over tighten..you need about 1 cm of play in it...this will eliminate the squeal...if it doesn't then the "teeth" on the fan belt are worn and the whole belt needs replacing

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