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Old 01-13-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Timing belt

Is it normal for the timing belt to wear out fast on our yj's? This is the third time i need to replace it within 6 months because of the screeching noise it makes. I do go alot of 4-wheeling I'm assuming that's the cause but just want to double check with you guys.

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Old 01-13-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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Which engine do you have? Or do you mean the serpentine belt?

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Old 01-13-2011, 08:49 PM   #3
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He's gotta mean serpentine belt. I've never heard a timing belt screech. Maybe not tight enough if it's screeching???
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:15 AM   #4
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yea the serpentine belt, i got the 4.2L Inline 6 manual with no air conditioning. and i bought the belt that was for my jeep with no air conditioning
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:23 AM   #5
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Honestly, I know its going to sound dumb, but when I was younger I had an auto shop teacher who was all bubble gum and tin foil under the hood. He taught us the older belts have broken down and release a bit of oil on the pulleys and that keeps them from screeching, if you have the car running and hear the screech, put a bar of dove soap to the belt for a few seconds, if the noise dies its not the belt, just the lube.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:04 PM   #6
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If it IS the serpentine belt always spring for the more expensive choice, especially if you have an upgraded alternator. I went through two cheap belts in three months with a Mean Green H/O alternator and it was noisy =). Good to go with Continental.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:56 PM   #7
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pop the hood and check your harmonic balancer for wobbling. It should be practically NONE! If there is anything significant then there is your answer. First - will chew through a belt like you through your breakfast in the morning and will be making those annoying noises. Second - on top of that if its big enough it might start scratching the chain cover behind it. I believe it goes for both 4 and 6 cyl. engines but anyone is welcome to correct me if I'm wrong

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