My '01 wagon started to make a funny noise in the morning when I start
it in the morning. It is more like a screeching type noise and it only
lasts 1 second when I crank it. The temperature these days in the
morning is just below zero C. Last week was quite warmer but no noise
occured. Could it be a loose belt or something else?
Thanks for your advice.
'01 wagon 1.6 liter
Nothing to worry about, as others said it has to do with lower temps and
humidity conditions. Had the same thing myself and was definitely diagnosed by
ford central dealer as such. No starter, flywheel problems etc. If you do go
ahead and replace the belt, the fresh flexibile material will make it go away
but I think its a waste of money..
I would try not to use belt dressing, it has been my experience that once
you use belt dressing you have to always use it. I'd rather just tighten or
replace a worn belt.
Anyone else use belt dressing?
No. It's BS, it's the kind of thing you might use to silence a
squealing belt temporarily so you can sell the car to an unsuspecting
What is this tightening of which you speak? I am under the impression
that the Focus, as nearly all cars do nowadays, uses a spring tensioner
on a serpentine belt, and unless the tensioner fails, the belt tension
never needs to be adjusted.
I had a problem with my 2000 SE Wagon's serpentine belt, it would squeal
and slip (headlights would dim noticeably) after driving through puddles.
I found that either the factory left off the lower splash shield or the
mechanic forgot to replace it after R&R'ing the transmission to repair
an input shaft leak.
Jor. That's not what I said, at all. I don't believe there's need to take
any action. It's just a trivial occurrence that'll go away on its own, just
as soon as the temperature or humidity changes.
"jor" wrote ...
I just re-read your post and sure enough, you aren't recommending
tightening. I just checked my Chilton's and you can't tighten the belt
anyhow as someone else mentioned. There is a tensioner and when it fails to
keep the serpentine belt tight, it has to be replaced. With the exception of
a recent brake job I don't work on my Focus so I guess I better do some
reading before any more pontificating! I prefer my old pickup anyhow.
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