1997 Ford Explorer



January, 28, 2010 AT 9:31 PM

Noises problem
1997 Ford Explorer Automatic

Here's my problem: 2 weeks ago, I went to get a regular oil change. One of the mechanics told me I needed a new serpentine belt, and they showed me the current one, and it looked in pretty bad shape, like kinda ripped up and torn and stuff, so I agreed and they put the new one in. So come the next day in the morning when I start my truck it is making the loudest squealing/squeaking noise ever and when I accelerate, it gets even louder. It is so embarrasing now just to have to start and drive my truck! So I went to Firestone to try to see what was the problem, and they told me that the mechanics at Jiffy Lube spilled some kind of liquid like belt dressing, oil, etc all over the pulleys, belts, other parts, etc. So the firestone mechanics said they would clean it and also they needed to replace the belt again cuz the belt had the stuff all over it too. So since they have replaced the belt and cleaned the pulleys and stuff, the sound is way way less noisy, but it is still there, and still a nuisance of course. I would like to get rid of it completley and have it drive quietly like it has been since March 2006 when I purchased my truck.

If I get all the pulleys replaced with new ones, do you think that will do the trick in getting rid of the squealing/squeaking? I have a good bet it will, seeing that replacing the belt made the noise way less. So I'm assuming since the pulleys and the belts are always in contact, that replacing the pulleys also will eliminate the noise compeltley. Please let me know what you guys think, thanks for your help!



3 Answers



January, 28, 2010 AT 11:17 PM

Tommy: IF they cleaned the pulleys, there really isn't anything other you can do. I don't feel the pulleys are the problem. If you have a new belt and the pulleys are clean, the only thing left is possibly the belt tensionier. Many times when the belt tensionier is adjusted to remove and replace the belt, they loose tension. Did they check the tension?

Let me know.
PS: To replace all pulleys will require replacement of good parts and at this point, I really don't recommend it.



January, 30, 2010 AT 2:27 PM

Thanks for the fast reply Joe.

I took my truck back to the shop today and they told me it is defintley because of the stuff splattered all over the parts that is causing the squealing. They specifically told me it is " black spray paint.&Quot; I have no idea why the oil change place would do that. Do you? Is there a lubricant or something that is black that is sprayed on parts for something?

Anyway, they told me it would cost alot to have the noise go away because it would require breaking replacing the belts, pulleys, water pump, etc, he said probably over 2,000 dollars. Guess I'll have to drive it like this.

Thanks again for your help.


Scotty Dee

January, 30, 2010 AT 7:57 PM

If the belt would have come from Ford, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Go get a belt in a Motorcraft box from Ford, and problem solved.

Fricken baloney strokers at the damn Jiffy Screws.

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