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Belt noise #348213 Dec 10, 4:02am Dec 10, 4:02am
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Belt noise
Okay, I'm having my first minor problem with the Celi. Whenever I start the car lately, there has been a squeaky noise from under the hook for the first fifteen or twenty minutes I'm driving. I'm about 95% sure it's a belt... but which would be likely to cause this at only 24k miles? It's been unusually cold here lately, and I think that might have something to do with it suddenly making the noise.


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Re: Belt noise [Re: RevMonster] #348214 Dec 10, 4:18am Dec 10, 4:18am
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belt tensioner, just like any other celica.
thats wut i think it is
i have the same problem, cold days morning starts, you can hear it squeaking loud as hell. after a while of driving, the squeaking becomes lower but it still squeaks.

Re: Belt noise [Re: stefanoc] #348215 Dec 10, 6:06am Dec 10, 6:06am
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i have the same exact problem. I have 23,800 miles on mine. Mine does the SAME thing..Im gonna take it in early for the 25,000 mile check up.

Re: Belt noise [Re: Rick] #348216 Dec 10, 6:18am Dec 10, 6:18am
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welcome to the wonderful worl of the Belt Tensioner Problem of the Celica. Take it to the Dealer if you are still under warrenty. thumbsup thumbsup

Re: Belt noise [Re: Jamey] #348217 Dec 10, 8:17am Dec 10, 8:17am
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Whats belt do we replace it with again ?? I forget..

The belt dressing is really only a temp. fix.. Time for me to relace the darn thing cry


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Re: Belt noise [Re: Jamey] #348218 Dec 10, 8:19am Dec 10, 8:19am
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Toyota recommends changing the belt at 90,000 miles... wtf
is the pulley related to this problem? If I get a new belt and AEM pulley would that solve the problem? or is a pulley a whole different thing...


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i beat a dude on a bike going to work today...i revved on him and we lined up at the light and it was on....i hit lift once...thats how hardcore it was....
Re: Belt noise [Re: Erick] #348219 Dec 10, 8:34am Dec 10, 8:34am
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Originally Posted by Erick

Whats belt do we replace it with again ?? I forget..

The belt dressing is really only a temp. fix.. Time for me to relace the darn thing cry


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Originally Posted by Matt007

Start by replacing the belt, if this is something you can do yourself. I had a squealling belt (worst when moist or humid), which seems to have totally gone away after replacing it with a Goodyear Gatorback belt from AutoZone ($30). There are several recent threads that have tips on how to do this.

If it turns out to be the tensioner, then you haven't lost anything but a little time. The problem with TSB's that point out a common problem is we sometimes are hesitant to try the obvious.

Re: Belt noise [Re: Erick] #348220 Dec 10, 9:08am Dec 10, 9:08am
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Do the cheapest thing first...put on a Gator back belt...$20. If that doesn't solve it, then its your tensioner. The tensioner squeel has a different sound. Its more of a metallic squeel, and it will do it only at high RPMs at first. If its squeeling when you first start the car, and it goes away after the car warms up, its the belt.

Re: Belt noise [Re: grcelica] #348221 Dec 10, 9:42am Dec 10, 9:42am
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Celica isn't the only car with this problem. The Saturn I had before the Celica had quite a bit of it too.


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Re: Belt noise [Re: ExNihilo] #348222 Dec 10, 10:12am Dec 10, 10:12am
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Most of the Lexus in my town does that too... Not the new ones tho...


Quote:
Originally posted by tido:
i beat a dude on a bike going to work today...i revved on him and we lined up at the light and it was on....i hit lift once...thats how hardcore it was....
Re: Belt noise [Re: skym] #348223 Dec 10, 10:33am Dec 10, 10:33am
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Just an FYI, I took mine to the dealership (Burlingame) when I was under 30K miles. They did the work for free, but a year later, it still makes the noise. My friend is a service tech at Toyota (Longo) and he said they probably didn't drain the hydraulic fully before putting the belt back on...

Re: Belt noise [Re: Seminoles] #348224 Dec 10, 12:52pm Dec 10, 12:52pm
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what does draining do?


Quote:
Originally posted by tido:
i beat a dude on a bike going to work today...i revved on him and we lined up at the light and it was on....i hit lift once...thats how hardcore it was....
Re: Belt noise [Re: skym] #348225 Dec 10, 3:16pm Dec 10, 3:16pm
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damn everyone is having this prob too. I also have this problem. It used to only squeak when I started it up in the morning or when it was cold. once it warmed up it was gone but now its a constant noise. It freakin embarrassing.


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Re: Belt noise [Re: JAY-C] #348226 Dec 10, 3:44pm Dec 10, 3:44pm
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Apparently there is some hydraulic piece that needs to be drained completely before they put the belt back on. If not done correctly, the pressure builds up again and it will continue to squeak. I was going to have him do it for me to be sure it's done for the last time. I'll let you all know how it turns out.

Re: Belt noise [Re: Seminoles] #348227 Dec 10, 4:00pm Dec 10, 4:00pm
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I have the same problem and my car only has 7,000 yes 7,000 NOT 70,000 miles. I cant believe I'm having problems with my '04 GTS already ! Shit Ive only had since July!

My '02 GT had the same problem but it didnt start til about 40,000 miles...

Re: Belt noise [Re: CrAzEErAcErChIcK] #348228 Dec 10, 5:01pm Dec 10, 5:01pm
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Hey Jon i think its the belt tensioner (TSB) pmed you on info. thumbsup

Re: Belt noise [Re: verano] #348229 Dec 10, 5:08pm Dec 10, 5:08pm
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welcome to the belt tensioner club!! wave glad you could make it...im member number 243,353,242,124,24!

Re: Belt noise [Re: tido] #348230 Dec 10, 5:31pm Dec 10, 5:31pm
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I always ignored the belt tensioner posts because they never applied to me rofl


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Re: Belt noise [Re: RevMonster] #348231 Dec 10, 5:55pm Dec 10, 5:55pm
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oh it will...give it time...

Re: Belt noise [Re: tido] #348232 Dec 10, 5:57pm Dec 10, 5:57pm
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Get a Gatorback Belt


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After getting the gatorback belt I have to have someone install it for me to drain the hydralic piece right?


Quote:
Originally posted by tido:
i beat a dude on a bike going to work today...i revved on him and we lined up at the light and it was on....i hit lift once...thats how hardcore it was....
Re: Belt noise [Re: skym] #348234 Dec 10, 9:09pm Dec 10, 9:09pm
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yeah i have the same problem 2 but it doesn't squeak when i turn the car on but when im driveing it squeak's between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. confused but i just ordered AEM pully kit

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mine does that everytime it rains...

yea..my belt gets wet..and starts sqeaking...

Re: Belt noise [Re: G_celica] #348236 Dec 10, 10:08pm Dec 10, 10:08pm
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umm, no one has suggested this yet...you should inspect your belt first, make sure there are no cracks or any wear in the treads. Then turn the car on and look down there, make sure the belt is moving in a straight line (no wobbly pulleys). If everything checks out it's probably the belt tensioner.

My cousin had this problem on his GTS, we inspected everything and it was fine. He brought in to the dealer, they replaced his belt tensioner under warranty, problem solved. And he didn't spend 20 bucks on a belt that would've done nothing for him.

Re: Belt noise [Re: renfield90] #348237 Dec 10, 11:04pm Dec 10, 11:04pm
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For people who have the gatorback belt what is the item number or whatever so i can go get one. Can i get it at any auto store?


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its ur belt tensioner...had mine replaced twice angry

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I just spray some wd-40 and it's fine... I don't know if I should recommend you guys but... the noise goes away.

BTW I didn't just try, I asked a mechanic and he said to do it. Kinda weird because it should be more slipperier if I spray on to the belt but the mechanic said it's fine... idunno


Quote:
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i beat a dude on a bike going to work today...i revved on him and we lined up at the light and it was on....i hit lift once...thats how hardcore it was....
Re: Belt noise [Re: skym] #348240 Dec 11, 6:42pm Dec 11, 6:42pm
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I had mine replaced 4 times at the dealership!! All the times it was covered under the warranty. I get the noise every time it gets cold out. I spray it with 3-IN-ONE Professional Silicone Spray Lubricant. The noise goes away in a minute and stays away for 2 months. Not bad for Florida because it doesn't really get too cold down here. It works when you run the car and rev the engine while spraying it.


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Re: Belt noise [Re: skym] #348241 Dec 11, 11:29pm Dec 11, 11:29pm
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Originally Posted by skym
After getting the gatorback belt I have to have someone install it for me to drain the hydralic piece right?


ummm, no. There is no hydraulic piece connected in any way with the belt. I swapped my belt out in about a half hour. Its easy. Never had a squeel again. The tensioner is spring actuated. I don't know what he is talking about when he says hydraulic piece.

Re: Belt noise [Re: grcelica] #348242 Dec 13, 2:36pm Dec 13, 2:36pm
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Figured that could've been wrong - I was just relaying the info...

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