First, were the belts bad when you replaced them or did you just do it to eliminate the noise?
If they went bad very quickly, then you have an underlying problem that needs to be fixed. It could be a bad accessory on the engine (pulley/bearing) or the belt tensioner is bad.
If you just replaced them to chase down the noise, then you should make sure the tension is correct and that the tensioner is holding the tension when the engine is started.
Keep in mind, sometimes belts make these noises in very cold or wet conditions for the first few minutes and there isn't much you can do about it. Buy high-quality belts; they make noise less often.
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 AT 12:47 PM