Squeaky Pulley Driving Me Crazy

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    Default Squeaky Pulley Driving Me Crazy

    I'm not really sure which one it is but its most likely up front on the serpentine belt. What is the best lube to use or should I just try to replace it. It was squeaking on and off but now its does it no matter what and is really loud. Any input would be great. I did a search and came up with nothing. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Squeaky Pulley Driving Me Crazy

    Replace it. To figure out which one is making the noise, remove the belt and turn them all by hand. You might be able to spray some PB Blaster, WD-40, etc in there to stop the squeak, but it won't fix the problem.

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    I had a similar problem and I kept thinking it was the power steering going out. Anyway, after further reading and researching the forum, it looks to be the common problem of just the belt itself. I just changed the belt 2 days ago, and it is now good as new. Do the search and you'll see many recommend the Goodyear Gatorback 4060905. I got mine on ebay for about 1/2 of the price of local auto parts.

    Took me about an hour to swap out the belt, but I wasted 90% of that time simply doing the wrong thing. If I had to do it again on my own, it would take 5min top. As suggested prior, once you have the belt off, you can just manually turn and check each of the pulley if you suspect it's something else. I wouldn't waste your money or time on belt dressing. Those are just band-aid and problem will always come back sooner than later.
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    I put some chain lube that I had for my bike on it and it stopped for about a minute but came back. I think I'll try something a bit stronger and if that doesn't work I'll do a new belt and a new pulley if I can find which one is making the noise. I just hope it wont seize up and cause a bigger problem.
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    Default Re: Squeaky Pulley Driving Me Crazy

    Quote Originally Posted by peterfarhangi View Post
    I put some chain lube that I had for my bike on it and it stopped for about a minute but came back. I think I'll try something a bit stronger and if that doesn't work I'll do a new belt and a new pulley if I can find which one is making the noise. I just hope it wont seize up and cause a bigger problem.
    If the belt dressing stopped it, even for a bit, it isn't a pulley. It's the belt. Get a Gatorback and don't look back.
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    Default Re: Squeaky Pulley Driving Me Crazy

    Ditto on the gatorback. It's the only belt I'll use on my truck.
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    My 06 DC Limited had a "squeaky wheel" in the serpentine system. Turned out it was the OE belt tensioner assembly, and there is a service bulletin and an improved replacement part. I am going to add all the info from my service printout, and maybe you can take to local dealer and they will understand. The tensioner is just a bit to the driver side of the engine centerline, and it is a pulley that appears to have no function (in other words, not connected to the alternator, not connected to the AC compressor, PS pump, etc). I had to pay just a bit of the cost, because it was a known problem with a Toyota assigned cost to correct.

    VSA1TB7691
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    Part No 16620-0W101 Tensioner Assembly, V Unit Price $104.29
    Part No 88431-0C012 Bracket, Compress Unit Price $103.97

    I guess maybe a redesigned compresser bracket is part of the fix as well. Anyway, for my truck it took care of the noise you describe.

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    Default Re: Squeaky Pulley Driving Me Crazy

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric K View Post
    My 06 DC Limited had a "squeaky wheel" in the serpentine system. Turned out it was the OE belt tensioner assembly, and there is a service bulletin and an improved replacement part. I am going to add all the info from my service printout, and maybe you can take to local dealer and they will understand. The tensioner is just a bit to the driver side of the engine centerline, and it is a pulley that appears to have no function (in other words, not connected to the alternator, not connected to the AC compressor, PS pump, etc). I had to pay just a bit of the cost, because it was a known problem with a Toyota assigned cost to correct.

    VSA1TB7691
    $472.76

    Part No 16620-0W101 Tensioner Assembly, V Unit Price $104.29
    Part No 88431-0C012 Bracket, Compress Unit Price $103.97

    I guess maybe a redesigned compresser bracket is part of the fix as well. Anyway, for my truck it took care of the noise you describe.
    Just had this replaced on my 05 V8. The squeaking was driving me nuts and thought we'd replace the belt. Luckily we noticed the bolt holding the pulley wheel in place had nearly stripped itself. The new part does a better job of keeping the bolt in place. $530.00 later, but we caught it before the pulley went into the radiator...
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    Default Re: Squeaky Pulley Driving Me Crazy

    Wipe it down with WD-40 until you replace the belt. Do not use it as a reason to delay replacement on the part, but it will aid in reducing the noise and friction that is causing it.

    WIPE it down; do not spray, and I know it need not be said, but do not do this with the engine running

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