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Squealing belts

Asked by Andrew Bierwirth

I own a 1987 Honda Accord 2.0 Si. About six months ago the fan belts started squealing. I had them looked at, tightened and lubricated. This worked for a while until they started squealing again. The next time I had all three fan belts replaced. A month or two later the squealing has returned. I am not sure of the effect it might be having on the car, but it is loud and embarrassing. I was wondering if you might be able to suggest a solution?

Answered by CarsGuide

12 Dec 2003 Carsguide.com.au

Are all the pulleys turning as they should? It could be the belts are slipping because one of the pulleys isn't turning freely, or turning at all. Another possibility is that a slipping belt has worn a pulley to the point where it doesn't have a good grip. If that's the case, try scuffing the pulley with some sandpaper or similar abrasive material to rough the surface up a little. But I would check first for a pulley that isn't turning freely.

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