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How to Fix a Squeaky Belt (figure out where the squeak is coming from)

Belt squeal, squeaky belt, belt noise? Learn how to fix a squeaky belt in your car. The serpentine belt in your car powers the accessories such as air conditioning, power steering, the alternator, fan, and waterpump. There are three types of serpentine belt wear, pilling, glazing, and abrasion. Pulley wear will cause your pulley to squeak. A worn out pulley bearing or a worn spring in the tension pulley can also cause squeaking. I show you how to use water to identify what type of squeak problem you have and then how to find the problem.

Here is the belt that will get rid of the squeak due to misalignment:
Here is the serpentine belt tool:

Find the Belt Squeak:
Replace Idler Pulley:
Replace Tensioner Pulley:
WD40 to quiet the belt:

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41 thoughts on “How to Fix a Squeaky Belt (figure out where the squeak is coming from)”

  1. Lifeizrigged says:

    Spilling just a drop of antifreezer will cause some squeaks…I always replace the belt!

  2. Soundfire6 says:

    You fixed it! Going down the road with car squealing like pig I googled reasons car squeals on idle… clicked your vid…….dam car stops making terrible noise and hasn't come back WTH thanks… anyways

  3. Pinkie Love says:

    mountain dew is very sticky

  4. Luz Angela says:

    Awesome video. Super easy explanation. I will take my car back to the mechanic so he can change the belt.

  5. I just replaced my tension pulley and my belt kept slipping so much it overheated twice. Fixed the slip but now it squeaks. I can't figure out what is wrong.

  6. Lyle J says:

    Take a shot every time he says “pulley”

  7. this helped me out. recently I've had squealing and my idler pulley completely broke off. I replaced it and still have squealing noise, so I tried the water trick u showed and it was the belt, changed it and squeal is gone. Thanks!

  8. Mrtscrp30 says:

    Dude i love your vids they are priceless
    , ty for you effort and sharing you knowledge.

  9. J.R J.R says:

    Can’t believe this information is free haha thanks man!

  10. Mang Baite says:

    thanks Chris, thru your video, i save lots of money . though am not mechanic, i can fix now many problem by watching the video.

  11. Hey Chris! I need a video on a Lifter Tick cure, mine are driving me crazy and I’m sure people have the same problem too. I watch all your vids and you have helped me a lot. Cheers

  12. meme8383 says:

    yoo u can see your face at the start lol

  13. GD730 says:

    This is just what I needed. My 99 Honda Civic is in the same situation right now and my belts are tearing up so that’s a blessing you posted this video

  14. dude you make the clearest videos on you tube. your sound is always 100 percent clear. no distrubtive background noises. short videos packed full of trouble shooting info and safety awareness. you should be the leading you tube instructional icon on how to make a great you tube video. and reaping in the money for it. great job every time I find your video. cheers

  15. Nathan Carbo says:

    I had to replace my alternator, which also fixed the squeak!

  16. Dre' M. says:

    Hey Chris, I got liquid wrench on the pulleys where the belt goes, will it evaporate or do I have to dry them off? & is it dangerous to drive with the penetrating oil on the pulley?

  17. Just put some oil on it

  18. brego129 says:

    Just had to replace my tensioner.

  19. koehler45 says:

    Mine only squeaks when it rains or is really really humid wtf is up with that

  20. Don Stevens says:

    Great job Chris! Thanks for the info!

  21. Bryan Combs says:

    Fan belt replacement

  22. How did you put the belt on ?

  23. Cathy Caton says:

    I was searching for info for what parts to buy for my 2004 MDX, and saw your videos. They rock! I need a mechanic who will proactively look for causes of noise like this. (so, I'm doing it myself, so I can buy my own parts and tell them what I need done). Can a whirring noise – like a vibrator type of noise – also be caused by one of the problems in your video? Not so much a chirp. It did get louder when I turned on the air conditioner.

  24. Archie Megel says:

    Chris I have a 1995 cadillac fleetwood , when the car is started I hear a steady humm
    Any idea what that could be ?.

  25. Jon j says:

    gatorback link to amazon should be Continental Elite Poly-V/Serpentine Belt or something depending on the car

  26. Thank you so much my car has this issue so noise I will try this and find out what the issue is thanks

  27. ben laro says:

    Thanx again Chris! After replacing my drum brakes on my Ranger with succes now i diagnosed a bad belt and replaced it no problem! Keep up the great vids! Well explained and real money savers!

  28. Just on the belt tensioner, a very quick way to check is put a spanner or socket and bar on it and add force in the direction of the spring.
    Instant diagnosis if the squeak goes. I rebuilt mine (took apart in a vice to be safer) by reshaping the internal bush to give it enough torque once again.

  29. tempviduse says:

    I have more of a hum. Only happens some times like in the morning. And it’s affected by speed.

  30. S G says:

    Can someone please help me out? I have a dodge ram 1999 truck, I hadn't driven it for a while about 10 months. After I turned it on a massive squeak is coming from the engine. So I thought I just needed to change the belt, so I did, but the squeak was still there. Then I removed the belt again and turned it on and then there was no squeak without the belt. Then I started spinning each pulley by hand ( except the alternator pulley because it was too hard and it just wouldn't spin) and there was also no squeak. And I doubt it has anything do but the brake lines are also leaking.

    Also I did spray water on one of the pulleys when the belt was on and spinning and the noise did go away for a minute.

    What could this mean?

  31. Scott Brydle says:

    You rule, man. So happy you make these vids, you've saved me thousands

  32. My truck squeaks but not always

  33. why the hell U disliked it 😐

  34. sda sadad says:

    I have new bearing and belt why does it squeak? And how can i fix it?

  35. Thanks for the info. Came in handy for sure

  36. romeo sdvl says:

    good job man thanks for share

  37. I have a 2002 Suzuki wagon r I know you don’t have that car in US but the belt squeaks and doesn’t stop for a while gets worse when you slow down or steer I think it’s the Power steering pulley

  38. Put a small lift on my 2000 ranger. My speedometer now doesn’t work. How do i fix this and make the correct adjustments for my tires

  39. I can't figure mine out still, although this video is a bit helpful. My Dodge ram squeals when it first starts up, if I touch the gas until shes warm, and when I turn on the ac. Ive had my tensioner and idler pulley replaced along with the serpentine belt, I do have a dayco though. Should I switch to the one you put on or is it because of a certain pulley?

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