Don't want to buy a gauge, but I'm confused on what you're saying can't twist 90 degrees.A quick way to get it close without the gauge is to tighten it till you cant twist it 90 degrees.
DREDnot suggests tightening until you can barely make a 90 degree turn between the idler and power steering pulleys. This is exactly what I do.I changed out my idler pulley's that where screaming, so obviously I replaced the belt. about a week goes with no squeals but now I think my Power steering pump is beginning to squeak. Could it be I put the belt too tight? I didn't use a gauge but I have a pretty good feel for the tension and I don't feel like its too tight?
I appreciate the input. The belt is brand new. I'll look into the proper tension.DREDnot suggests tightening until you can barely make a 90 degree turn between the idler and power steering pulleys. This is exactly what I do.
If you have coolant and other junk on your belt, even if it's new, you probably ruined it. I'd suggest spraying the belt with silicone lubricant (safe for the rubber). Try not to get it anywhere else. If the squeal stops, your belt is the source.
If the squealing continues, spray pulleys individually until the squeal stops. Then you know the culprit.
I've had a belt last a week because my water pump gasket starting leaking like Frosty the Snowman on the hood of a 4.0L. Coolant ruins belts much faster than you'd like to think, even greases/oils/cleaners. Silicone is all I'd put on a belt (only for diagnostics).I appreciate the input. The belt is brand new. I'll look into the proper tension.
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That sounds too tight regardless of what the gauge says. I've blown bearings on two water pumps having mine set too tight (according to spec in the manual) so I keep it much looser now -- No squeals but not super tight. It might feel good now to have it to 'spec' but I'd bet you're going to have problems with a leaking water pump before long. Just a word of caution...I ordered the Gates gauge from Amazon for $18+ and got it in 2 days. I never would think I would tighten a belt so tight but this gauge is great...fairly quick and no guessing. A good tool for my tool box.