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My car has developed a squeal that I think is a tensioner going bad but my dad says its the water pump. IDK the name of the pulley but its the one at the top of the passenger side of my engine bay but when i touch it the noise kind of goes away.
What is a easy way to determine where the squeal is coming from?
Plz help I am slowly going crazy from this.
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The pulley tensioner from what i understand is fairly simple to replace, the nut holding it on there is backwards threaded (lefty tighty, righty loosey). Basically take it out put new one on. The belt itself wouldnt make a sound however, unless the tensioner pulley had seized completely but then you would have a constant squeal. I Just outa curiousty, how many miles are on your car?
Your not too much higher than me, im 202k. Im sure that belts been changed before, maybe by the people that had it before you, that belt would be so stretched and worn by now if not...I wouldnt doubt it being the water pump though, Mine is trying to go out, im pretty sure im loosing antifreeze at my water pump...gonna replace it next weekend
Thats crazy the belt has lasted that long...id deffinetly replace that belt. a rule of thumb ive followed on my car, is replace anything rubber atleast every 5 years...maybe thats over doing it idk, but waterpump, tensioners and idler pulleys are really fairly simple to do...just unbolt and bolt back up.
Take off your belt and start the car, listen and see if it makes noise. If it is quiet good chance it is a belt or pulley somewhere. If it squeals with no belt look at repalcing the CPS. I would not buy a cheap CPS. They do not last like the factory ones.
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