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Old 05-02-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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Bad serpentine belt symptoms

Something has been making a squeeking noise when I start up in the mornings, It squeeks for around 30-45 seconds and then stops. This morning it squeeked like normal but now when I turn it feels like my wheels are wobbling and my steering wheel shakes. Feels like the power steering is pulsing or like my wheels are unbalanced.

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Old 05-02-2011, 12:51 PM   #2
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Are you sure everything it spins is rotating freely? No binding in the alternator, water pump, power steering pump? Binding would make the steering effort inconsistent and it would get worse when you turn. Squeaking on start up isn't normal. How old is the belt? It is properly tensioned?

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Old 05-02-2011, 01:32 PM   #3
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not sure how old the belt is and if its tensioned correctly, i will look whenever i get out of school. whenever i am going straight it drives just fine, belt has been squeeking alot latley and i think this is the problem. filled the power steering fluid aswell didnt help though.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:53 PM   #4
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What year and engine is it?
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:57 PM   #5
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2004 4.0
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I usually just test with water. If water on the belt changes the squeek, its the belt. If water poured on the belt does not change the squeek right away then I listen real closely to tell if its the alternator, power steering pump, AC or waterpump bearings.

Belts are the cheapest to start with, if you've had it more than 1.5 to 2 years your best off changing it anyways.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:18 PM   #7
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You can remove the belt and check it for glazing and cracking. While its off check to make sure everything spins freely with no binding. I used to say belts are cheap but I think they are about 50 bucks at NAPA. I change mine once every few years as rubber doesn't last that long in colorado.

I like the water test idea, never done that.
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How difficult is taking the belt off and reinstalling it?
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Just about everything you need to know about it is here...

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/chan...-0l-35318.html
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:23 PM   #10
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Thanks, the belt has alot of cracks in it most are small but every few inches there will be a series of deep cracks. could this?cause the belt to slip?
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Thanks, the belt has alot of cracks in it most are small but every few inches there will be a series of deep cracks. could this?cause the belt to slip?
yes it could, the cracks allow more stretching which in turn allows more slipping. As well, cracks eventually become breaks if its not replaced timely.
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i got the belt going to be putting on tomorrow or tonight.
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sweet, shoud'nt be to hard of an install. If your nervous about the belt position, I know the diagrams are great but sometimes it doesn't hurt to take a pic w/a digital camera before taking the old one out.

You'll be happy when its done. Its a pretty easy job with a lot of feeling of accomplishment as the bad belt could leave you stranded. As well, throw your old belt in your toolkit just incase you ever break or lose one on the trail/road.
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We will see how it goes tomorrow, im sure it will be a simple fix turned complicated with alot of curse words :-)

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