On cold days when the steering wheel is moved left or right a squeeling
noise is heard. Reading some posts I was of the opinion it was the belt or
the belt tensioner with power steering pump just below my top choices. Took
it in to the dealer and they recommended a new serpentine belt. They
replaced the belt. Now the noise is worse than ever - I heard it even though
I was in the house and that was less than 2 hours since the belt was
replaced. Questions: Do new belts require a "breaking in" period (I think
not)? Since it is a new belt could it be the tensioner (again I think not
because that should have been checked??? when the new belt was fitted.)?
Could it be the PS pump (my logical thinking steers me in this direction if
new belts don't need a breaking in period and tensioner is fine.)? Any
suggestions, or has the dealer taken the easy option?
Thaks in advance, Gary
There is no break in period for the belt. The most likely culprit is the
tensioner. Did the dealer diagnose anything or just say it was the belt
based on your description? Any problem, no matter how small, should be
diagnosed. If a resolution can't be reached, the person performing the
repairs should tell you this and offer a best effort repair, with no
guarantee. I would remove the belt, and spin the tensioner pulley by hand,
it will probably feel a bit rough if it is the problem. How cold is cold? If
you are in the upper mid-west, and it's been 15 degrees below zero, I would
get over a little squeal at first start up.
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