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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 01:33 PM
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Bad Engine Squeak after off roading?

Hello all,
Question - Took my 2001 Chevy Tahoe out Friday to play in the rain. Went through some big mud puddles and some trails. After leaving from a night of fun I noticed a squeak under the hood. Its very irritating, and I hope nothings too wrong. It doesn't stop squeaking until I put some water on the belt and it stops for maybe 30 seconds. any ideas on what the problem may be? I tried to pinpoint where is was coming from, all I know is it has to do with the belt and/or a pulley. Please let me know, thanks!!!
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Re: Bad Engine Squeak after off roading?

sounds like the belts slipping, i would try putting a new belt on it. how many miles you have on your tahoe?
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Re: Bad Engine Squeak after off roading?

I have about 50K. I just it was wierd that it stared after I went in the dirt/water
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 03:13 PM
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Re: Bad Engine Squeak after off roading?

try some dish soap and water on the belt ....... it will clean the belt and may solve your prob ..... next take the belt off and check your idler ..... finally i'd check out the alternator
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put a new belt on ther its about time for one anyways.
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Re: Bad Engine Squeak after off roading?

VERY IMPORTANT!!! Make sure your idler pulley is turning. If it isn't, it will destroy the belt. Replace the pulley and the belt if you find the pulley not turning.

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Re: Bad Engine Squeak after off roading?

I am going to try to clean it tonight, soap and water. If that doesnt work, time to replace the belt. Which one is the idler pulley? Is that the one on the top? I will let you guys know tomorrow if cleaning it will help, hopefully it will. Thanks everyone..
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Okay all, I tried to use soap and water with no luck. Went I put a drop of water on the belt, it stops for 2 second and then starts up again. Could it be a ball bearing problem?
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Re: Bad Engine Squeak after off roading?

I also agree on the idler pulley. Why? Because you when it's wet it seems to quit for a moment... That would be because the belt is wet/lubricated and slides over the pulley without squeeking... It quickly drys and BOOM there it is again... Also could be the water pump.
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Re: Bad Engine Squeak after off roading?

the idler pulley is the one on the tensioner that isn't hooked to the alt, waterpump, ps pump, ac, crank, or smog pump
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