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Squeaky belts after extreme cold, salt, and a wash #4629735
01/09/18 08:56 PM
01/09/18 08:56 PM
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mrsilv04 Offline OP
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We just emerged from two weeks in the deep freeze. Lots of salt on the roads.

I celebrated finally getting above freezing with a touchless car wash with an undercarriage spray.

Now... my belts squeak like heck. It started with the undercarriage wash.

I assume they got wet and were drenched with a salty blast. And now they squeak.

Do I wash them with hot water? Soapy water? What now?

The belts are only a few years old, and are GM OE replacements on a 2004 Silverado.

I suspect that it is likely the A/C belt, as it is low on the engine, just above the front axle.


2004 Silverado - on its 3rd Jasper engine in less than one year.
Re: Squeaky belts after extreme cold, salt, and a wash [Re: mrsilv04] #4629740
01/09/18 08:59 PM
01/09/18 08:59 PM
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Leave it alone, the noise should go away on its own, unless you are in need of a new belt.


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: Squeaky belts after extreme cold, salt, and a wash [Re: mrsilv04] #4629816
01/09/18 10:16 PM
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Hose down the engine bay. Might want to spray some mild cleaner on the belts directly, dish soap will cut any oils. Hose off and run the engine till everything is nice and dry.

You probably got oily residue from the wash water or your engine compartment.

Re: Squeaky belts after extreme cold, salt, and a wash [Re: mrsilv04] #4629917
01/10/18 12:50 AM
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x2. Clean it and then run it till it drys. Shouldn't chirp for more than a few seconds after washing it. My vehicles chirp for a second or two if the belt gets real soaked during a wash.


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Re: Squeaky belts after extreme cold, salt, and a wash [Re: mrsilv04] #4629980
01/10/18 06:22 AM
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sometimes rust debris etc gets wedged in the ribs of the belt causing it to slip and make noise and if you are careful and i mean CAREFUL you can use a wire brush and scrape the ribs while the engine is running by just holding the brush against the inside of the belt while the engine rotates and it'll clean out in a few moments. but obviously do at your own risk, that is if there is room to do so.


I'd buy Callahan autoparts if I could.
Re: Squeaky belts after extreme cold, salt, and a wash [Re: mrsilv04] #4630064
01/10/18 08:55 AM
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This may be seen as controversial, but I spray my belts with the same thing as my tires. Meguires tire shine. Start it, point, mist.. Squeaks gone in a second.


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 5w30
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Re: Squeaky belts after extreme cold, salt, and a wash [Re: LeakySeals] #4630119
01/10/18 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted By: LeakySeals
This may be seen as controversial, but I spray my belts with the same thing as my tires. Meguires tire shine. Start it, point, mist.. Squeaks gone in a second.


Not sure why you or anyone else would use tire shine on your engine belts when there are a number of excellent commercial belt dressings available. Here is one of them:

http://www.antiseize.com/BELT-DRESSING


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