This problem just started out of nowhere, and I'm not sure if its a coincidence that the weather is finally above zero during the days now. Whenever the engine is started or accelerated, there is a slight squeal (~2 seconds). I don't think it is a tension problem, since it seems to be as tight as usual. I have owned the car for 3 years, and haven't changed the belt, but the previous owner may have.
Do you guys think that the belt is in need of a change, the belt is dirty, or maybe even the pulleys. Either way, it sounds like something is slipping.
How easy is this belt to change anyway? I have never changed a belt in such a tight space, it looks a bit tricky.
Funny I just kind of posted this in a different part of the forum. Here is a quick DIY on removing the alternator belt:
You must start by removing the power steering pump. which is done like this:
Originally Posted by tbohar
This is how you remove the p/s pump... also how to release the tension off the pump itself:
Remove the adjusting plate mounting bolt (A), locknut (B) and mounting bolt (C), then remove the power steering (P/S) pump belt (D) and pump without disconnecting the P/S hoses.
I'l make one up for the alternator in a sec.
Then the alternator which is done like this:
Originally Posted by tbohar
I was wrong, you loosen the wingnut first, then the two bolts.
Loosen the adjusting bolt (A), and remove the lock bolt (B) and mounting bolt (C), then remove the alternator belt and alternator.
Basically, once you swing the p/s pump out of the way you can get to the alt... although its still tight. Watch your hands when moving the alt around it's easy to get them caught underneath and it hurts like a BITCH.
You won't be able to remove the mounting bolt (C) all the way... you can just pull it back far enough until it hits the inner fender to remove the alternator.
The hardest part is to get the deflection right but you can do it. You can also get a belt deflection gauge if you are unsure. I think they are maximum 15 dollars. Sorry for the quoting but you get the idea without me editing it all out.
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Well, I got in there and found that all the bolts were tight, and that the tension on the belt was perfect. Also, the belts look in very good condition, not a single fray or crack that I can see.
I have heard the term "glazed belt" before, what exactly does this mean? Could it be that my belt is just dirty and in need of a good under the hood cleaning. We finally have some nice weather around here, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
the bolt D is supposed to keep the plate in position. If you could move, then it was kind of loose. If tight, i suppose the plate would not change the angle to adjust
and i back lazlong on that - +1 for a newbie that does search and research just can't do at this point cos my reps seem to give a lot more points than before...