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Car Belts Screeching? Here Is The Solution For It
There are different reasons why you hear a belt noise every time your vehicle accelerates. Each cause would mean a different approach and solution to stop the screeching car belt. Check out the following conditions:
1. Car belt screeches because it is loose.
To check if the belt is loose, press it down with your finger to check its tightness. If belt goes down more than ½ inch, it must be tightened. Solution: Check if you have installed the right belt size. Inappropriate size of the belt is one of the reasons why drive belt are loose which results in belt noise. Furthermore, check your owner's manual for proper guidance or seek for the advice of the nearest car mechanic.
2. One or more of the tensioners loses its spring.
Tensioner's function is to hold a predetermined amount of tension on a drive while the engine is at work. Springs may lose due to belt fatigue. Solution: Conduct a regular total visual inspection of the belt tensioner and take note of slow spring action or lateral movements. If you observe either of these signs, put on the new tensioner. It would be best if you allow an auto mechanic to do this job.
3. Car belt is cracked and glazed.
One of the causes of belt noise is cracked and glazed belt. If the belt has that condition it slips whenever the car speeds up and therefore creating noise. Solution: Upon checking with your car mechanic, your car belt must be replaced if there are at least three cracks per inch. Although if there's a one deep crack which is more than half the belt's thickness, replace it immediately.
Factors that affects life of car belt: quality and quantity of the accessory load, exposure to road debris and age - if you are using your car belt for almost 60,000 miles already, you must replace it before it breaks.
Note: Once you hear belt noises, you must give attention to it. Of course, you would not like it if your belt breaks while you are driving. Here are some possible things to happen:
This may be a little scary but you don't have to panic because there's still a way to steer and brake your vehicle. It's just that you would need more time to stop the car. All car warnings would light up on the dashboard - if you have car belt that is connected with a water pump, a warning for your cooling system would light up on the dashboard. You must not take that alert for granted because that would lead to overheating and further engine damage. It's necessary that you open your windows and pull over the soonest time. It's highly recommended that you visit your reliable auto mechanic from time to time to check on your engine's condition.