06-27-2009, 06:36 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Woburn MA
Had a garage in North Carolina put a new belt on the Jeep before driving it back to Boston back over Memorial Day Weekend. No idea the brand they put on, but before I left NC, the next day, the belt was squealing, so went to the garage again and they tightened the belt. No more squeak.
Now having driven it about 1500 miles, it started squealing again. Popped the hood to tighten the belt and discovered tthe belt is split. There is a strip maybe an 1/8" to 3/16" separating away from the rest of the belt towards the front of the Jeep. Before changing the belt in NC,the original (yes original) belt looked too worn to risk the long drive. The Jeep had 47k miles on it when I bought it.
My question is, was the replacement belt maybe just a cheap belt? Visually, can't see where any pulleys are out of line.
Haynes manual says power steering pump acts as tensioner pulley, but NC mechanic was using the alternator. Which is right seeing how I will be repairing it myself on Monday?
I am also figuring maybe getting an original Mopar belt from the dealer. Any thoughts on brand quality?
I am hoping it is just a crap belt they bought from the Dollar Store or something. The whole engine compartment is covered with rubber dust, kinda disturbing.
FYI - pretty much everything else this garage did has been redone since getting the girl home except for the oil change. Guess I'll do that next weekend.
Thanks for the help
1989 Wrangler "Islander" 4.2 6cyl 5 speed