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Old 12-24-2010, 07:00 PM
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Hey all!

I've searched the threads and haven't found anything close enough to make me think the cases are similar.

My truck squeals like a slipping belt when it first starts but after about 10 to 15 minutes it completely goes away. Can anyone think of anything that would exhibit this behavior? Wouldn't bad bearings in something continue to squeal even after the engine 'warms up'?

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If your not sure it's a belt noise , start it up and make sure you hear the noise . Unload and remove the fan belt so it doesn't turn . Start the truck back up for a moment and see if the noise goes away . If it does it , I would start with a new belt and maybe even a new tensioner .
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Fan belt or serpentine belt? I'm confused. They're not one in the same right? Isn't the belt tensioner on the serpentine belt?

And what about the point that the noise stops after the engine warms up a little?

Sorry, I'm a computer guy and not a mechanic so if the questions sound stupid it's because I can fix anything to do with computers but cars, well as far as I'm concerned they work on magic fairy dust!
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Fan belt/serpentine belt are the same . Yes the tensioner rides on the belt and keeps it tight . Have you tried replacing the belt yet ?
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Ok, thanks for the clarification. Have not yet tried replacing the belt. Do you think the noise would stop after running for a short period if the belt were to blame?
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There should be no noise , at all , at any time . You may just have a worn out belt .
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Thanks for the reply. I guess what I'm not understanding is why the noise would stop after a warming up of the engine. If it were a bad belt, wouldn't that be indicated by a squeal when you rev the engine or wouldn't it be continuous?
Now that the parts store will be open today, I'll go get a belt and try that. I also need to get a thermostat in the hopes I'll get some heat in the truck too.
Keeping my fingers crossed!
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My experience with this, maybe to help clarify for ya some, at first, whether it was a bad belt or bad pulley, mine always seemed to stop when the engine had warmed up and always sounded worst/loudest on very foggy or humid days. However, as it got progressively worse, it pretty much squealed all the time, drove me insane lol. As Tom suggested, I would start with the belt. If that doesn't do it, chances are you have a pulley where the bearings are going out. Best way to figure out which one is with a mechanic's stethoscope, this will save you a lot of time, trouble and money, but keep us posted!

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If you park out doors the moisture could cause the belt to slip until the engine heats up and burns away any moisture. Aside from that the problems could be worn fan belt, pulley, tensioner, water pump bearings.
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*update*
Did some of that "mechanic" type work today.
Replaced upper radiator hose, thermostat, gasket, serpentine belt, and tensioner pully.

I pulled off the belt and inspected it, no visible signs of wear (no shine, no cracks etc) but purchased a replacement to be safe. Once off, I inspected the pullys and tensioner and all but the tensioner spun without noise of any kind. Took off the tensioner and spun the unit to hear an audible (although very slight) rubbing sound. My guess is with load and higher speed on it, this is what caused the "squeal" sound.
Replaced all and the squeal is gone. Could be the belt, could have been the tensioner, so I'm not positive which cured the issue.

Thanks for all your help so far. I'll be posting a new issue in a new thread.
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