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#2321006 - 07/19/11 04:06 PM what is a good fan belt dressing
coconut_lover Offline

Registered: 07/08/11
Posts: 23
Loc: wa., usa
Does any one have experience with fan belt dressings? Do you have any to recomend to me? Is the one made by gunk any good?
Thanks guys!

#2321016 - 07/19/11 04:14 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
wallyuwl Offline

Registered: 06/02/09
Posts: 1674
Loc: Wisconsin
The only dressing I like is Western.

If the belt squeaks it is most likely worn out. Replace it and the tensioner.

#2321021 - 07/19/11 04:19 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 19347
Loc: Upstate NY
If the belt is tensioned properly then its probably worn out or damaged. As has been mentioned, check the belt tensioner(s), rust or grease or anything similar on the pulleys.

Forget belt dressings.
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#2321026 - 07/19/11 04:22 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: Donald]
river_rat Offline

Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 3402
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: Donald
Forget belt dressings.

You are asking for tow truck trouble by not replacing.
I have temporarily stopped squeals with bar soap, but only to get another belt and tensioner.

#2321083 - 07/19/11 05:26 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
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Registered: 06/09/10
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If you have to use some in the meantime, Pyroil (made by Valvoline) is the best out of many I have tried. It was the only one that worked on my old Jeep Cherokee.
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#2321103 - 07/19/11 05:50 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 16458
Loc: MA,
what is a good fan belt dressing

None. Seriously they just mask a problem for a short time.
IMHO one of those worthless products that doesn't even belong on the market.
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#2321115 - 07/19/11 05:56 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
229 Offline

Registered: 06/23/11
Posts: 726
Loc: Mid Atlantic
Use Gates products and change the belt and/or the belt tensioner. Fix any coolant or oil leaks that may get on the belt.
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#2321219 - 07/19/11 07:46 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
Rick in PA Offline

Registered: 01/04/03
Posts: 3083
Loc: Southeastern, PA
I've used WD-40 to temporarily quiet a chronically squeaky belt, it didn't last. I tried some sort of spray on belt dressing once, and then it started squealing like the proverbial "stuck pig". Yeah, new belt time...
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#2321228 - 07/19/11 07:54 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
Spector Offline

Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 3410
Loc: Chattanooga, TN
Never havehad luck with any dressing, either very short term relief or made it worse

#2321304 - 07/19/11 08:58 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
berniedd Offline

Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 560
Loc: A Warm place to live in
Belt dressings are a temporary fix. Replace the belt ASAP.

#2321525 - 07/20/11 01:04 AM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
mjoekingz28 Offline

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 3887
Loc: United States of America
Go through the Dayco Q and A. It used to be recommended on here to put dielectric grease on the belt. We tried that and belt dressing before and what actually worked was.............a new belt.
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#2321642 - 07/20/11 07:57 AM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
MetalSlug Offline

Registered: 07/24/10
Posts: 2510
Loc: vicksburg ms
Replace the bell
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#2321890 - 07/20/11 12:07 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
mechtech2 Offline

Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
I've tried a lot, and all sorts of substitutes.
Many things will work for a while, but usually end up being noisier than before.

Belt dressings are OK for ancient leather drive belt systems -maybe.

But on modern belts, forget it!

#2322380 - 07/20/11 07:39 PM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
artificialist Offline

Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8440
Loc: Florida
Replacing the belt and whatever is failing on the belt drive is the only solution.

My dad once tried using canned belt dressing on a 1995 Honda Accord. The noise quickly came back, and under the hood, there was a real mess where the belt dressing got thrown off the belt.
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#2322645 - 07/21/11 12:53 AM Re: what is a good fan belt dressing [Re: coconut_lover]
AdRock Offline

Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 915
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Out of everything I ever used over the years silicone spray worked the best.

However, if the belt looks ok and the tensioner seems to be working.. Try taking the belt off and cleaning all the pullies with a good carb cleaner or something of the such. Check the belt, both sides, to see if anything is on it or for any abnormalities.

Check and see if either edge of the belt has more wear than the other. I've seens pullies out of alignment very slightly that would end up causing any belt to start sqealing eventually.

HOWEVER, 9 times out of 10, I'd give the same advise I gavemy customers. Replace the belt AND/OR the tensioner.
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