Yup the WD40 wore off the belt faster than a hummingbird taking flight, haha
So the replacement happened this morning. Liked the extended tensioner tool for reaching down the front of a van with no space. The tensioner releases very easily thankfully and the belt came off and went on with new relatively smoothly. Didnt even have to crawl under or jack the vehicle.
Sometimes you cant see what the problem is with the old belt but something happens to it like it stretches or wears enough to go bad. New seems to be working fine. Will give it a few weeks to know for sure.
It is night and day as to how smooth the engine compartment sounds now while running, not bad for a 25 dollar part addition.
Last edited by Got Options?; 06-17-2012 at 01:13 PM.
when I got this Suburban the motor would rattle when you start it up. Sounded like bad rocker arms in the right side head. The guy I got it from actually bought the rocker arms for the car. I said hmmm, maybe not. I went to Autozone and got me a $9 serp belt put it on and the rattling went away. Look at that. The belt would make the noise when it would run around the compressor and make it sound like the head had a problem.
"My 98 Oldsmobile is so Super Sperrrrrrrrm! Suckers to the side I know you hate...my 98!! You gonna get yours! Get with it, the ultimate homeboy car."
I had a 1994 Ranger that was plagued by a squealing serpentine belt. I suffered with it for a year before deciding to sell it for other reasons. I told the buyer about it as he was going over the vehicle, and he showed me some crap stuck to one of the pulleys that runs on the outside of the belt. Before selling it to him I took it home, started the engine and ran some polishing paper over the pulley. The squealing stopped. One thing I found that really works well is a squeeze of baby powder right onto the belt while it's running. It would shut that belt up silent for a week or two, unless it got wet. I kept one of those little baby powder bottles in the dash the entire time I owned that vehicle... it was a good truck, just too small for what I needed. I also tried belt dressing... I've never heard such a horrible racket.