Yep, my belt's a-squealing. I have already inspected for cats - no
unaccounted for hair.
It's a '78 B
- I first tried tightening it a little (no change).
- I took the belt off and tried moving both the alternator and water pump
by hand. Both move freely. Water pump is a little heavier to move, but I
think that's natural, but the point is they both will move (if I'm wrong
about this, please pipe up).
- I went and got a new belt, put it on, repositioned the alternator to the
original place (as shown by the discoloration). Still squealing.
- I've made it a little tighter - as much as I can without forcing it, and
I still want there to be some play (recommended about 1" of play). Still
I've repositioned it a number of times already, no significant change. If
it is quieter, then it's not by much.
What else could cause it? I wondered if the alternator wasn't quite "even"
(it has two bolts on top) that it might cause something to rub. I tried
cleaning the pulleys, and if there was any buildup anywhere it seemed to be
on the water pump (which I replaced a year ago), but I'm not positive.
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