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Recommend a serpentine belt? #4678482
02/26/18 09:42 AM
02/26/18 09:42 AM
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Chester County/Pa.
BAJA_05 Offline OP
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Chester County/Pa.
Hello everybody,


My sister is bringing over her 08 Acura TL 3.2L this morning to have her oil changed. I noticed yesterday that when she left her serpentine belt is squealing. I personally think its the original belt from 08. What belt do use suggest for her?


Dale


2017 VW Jetta SE TSI 1.4L Turbo (hers)
M1 Euro 0W40 & FU (19K)
2008 Acura TL 3.2L QSHM 5W20 & FU (103K)
2005 Subaru Baja AWD 2.5L N/A 5spd.
Rotella T6 5W30 & Wix (91K)
2000 Ram 4X4 5.9L (93K) PYB & FU
Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678488
02/26/18 09:51 AM
02/26/18 09:51 AM
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
Dayco, Bando, NAPA, Contitech, Gates... Belts are pretty much belts.

You may look into the tensioner as well.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678494
02/26/18 09:54 AM
02/26/18 09:54 AM
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
Trav Offline
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For Asian cars I like Bando. They fit well, are quiet and are excellent quality.


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Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678497
02/26/18 09:55 AM
02/26/18 09:55 AM
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california
goodtimes Offline
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On a Camry I had bad results with Bando and perfect results with Dayco.

Oops sorry poster above me who is a professional. I am relating my one time experience.

Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678505
02/26/18 10:06 AM
02/26/18 10:06 AM
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I like gates and dayco. If it says Made in USA, even better.


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13 Yamaha XT250 Valv MC 10W40
12 Suzuki S40 Rotella 15W40
10 Acura TSX 2.4 PZL Plat 5W30
06 GMC Sierra Nextgen 10W30


Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: goodtimes] #4678512
02/26/18 10:13 AM
02/26/18 10:13 AM
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Trav Offline
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Originally Posted By: goodtimes
On a Camry I had bad results with Bando and perfect results with Dayco.

Oops sorry poster above me who is a professional. I am relating my one time experience.


Dayco Poly is a good belt, I just had some sizing issues with them on some Honda engines.


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Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: Trav] #4678516
02/26/18 10:18 AM
02/26/18 10:18 AM
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Storrs, Connecticut
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Originally Posted By: Trav
Originally Posted By: goodtimes
On a Camry I had bad results with Bando and perfect results with Dayco.

Oops sorry poster above me who is a professional. I am relating my one time experience.


Dayco Poly is a good belt, I just had some sizing issues with them on some Honda engines.


Dayco Poly is what I run on the Jeeps and they have been good. How much is the OEM for the Acura? If you look online you could probably find an OEM belt for a decent price. It lasted this long...


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (180k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (33k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678536
02/26/18 10:33 AM
02/26/18 10:33 AM
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MTL, CANADA
Rolla07 Online content
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Had great luck with my gatorback belt.


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

Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678549
02/26/18 11:02 AM
02/26/18 11:02 AM
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Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Dayco serpentine belts are fine.
It's their other stuff that's sometimes questionable.

Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678577
02/26/18 11:27 AM
02/26/18 11:27 AM
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WI
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WI
I think the biggest thing is the right length. On my Liberty, some have equal size tensioner and idler pullies, others on is bigger than the other. Either works, you just have to match the length. I got a Gates tensioner, so I got a Gates belt.


15 Jeep KL Limited V6: Formula Shell 5W20
07 LR3 SE V8: Maxlife 5W30
05 Jeep KJ Limited: PHM 5W30
96 Jeep XJ Country: STP HM 5W30 (winter)
Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678580
02/26/18 11:28 AM
02/26/18 11:28 AM
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TX
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I used a Drive Rite on my truck and it's been fine. for about 10-15 bucks, it does it's job, no squeaks.


2008 F150 KR 5.4L 3v
Milesyn blend 10w30
MC 820s
TCW3

2010 Corolla 1.8L
Mobil 1 5w20
Toyota OEM
Top Tier

2014 CFMoto 650NK
Rotella T6 5w40
CFMoto OEM
Stabil
Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678586
02/26/18 11:34 AM
02/26/18 11:34 AM
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CA
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A 2008 should have had the timing belt replaced by now - those are due every 7 years or 100-110k. When the timing belt service was done, the external drive belts should have been replaced at the same time.

If a 2008 still has the original drive belts, it should raise a red flag for you.

For drive belts I only use dealer belts or Bando.


2011 Toyota Prius - 173k - Various 0W-20 (Brew)
2007 Honda Accord 2.4 - 131K - Mobil 1 EP HM 5W-30
Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678590
02/26/18 11:38 AM
02/26/18 11:38 AM
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NoVA
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Newer belts are made from EPDM. So the difference from one to another is very minor at best. Buy the newest cheap belt you can find and worry about other things.

Also check out the idler pulley. Squeaking usually comes from that before the belt makes noise.


yup
Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678649
02/26/18 12:36 PM
02/26/18 12:36 PM
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OEM . The labor is the killer.


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Geoff Metcalf
Re: Recommend a serpentine belt? [Re: BAJA_05] #4678710
02/26/18 02:03 PM
02/26/18 02:03 PM
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Columbus,Nebraska
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You won't go wrong with an OEM belt. I don't use anything but OEM belts for my Toyota.

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