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Old 06-06-2005, 07:58 AM   #16
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The tensioner would be my next path to change.
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:10 AM   #17
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Re: accessory belt squeak/chirp

If it is still squealing, I would lean towards the tensioner.


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Old 06-06-2005, 01:37 PM   #18
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Re: accessory belt squeak/chirp

Squirt the tensioner with some lube before you replace it. You never know it might work. Worked for me.

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Old 06-06-2005, 07:07 PM   #19
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Re: still squeaking!

Definitely sounded like the belt tensioner from the get go. Might I suggest getting the dealer part. I changed the belt tensioner on my 87 Jimmy after 15 years of use from it and looking at the after market plastic junk, the dealer part was the way to go. Still going strong too.

I dunno how expensive it is on the 98, but it was reasonable for my 87.
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Old 06-08-2005, 03:14 AM   #20
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so next question: is the tensioner difficult to replace?
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Not difficult at all. Well, on my 87 I just needed a torx socket. Remove belt, remove the tensioner and reinstall the new one and reinstall the new belt. That's it. Note: the threads are left handed, thus, if you turned the wrong way and brake the bolt, then the job would become difficult. Check the haynes manual for further details and torque specs, they should be there.

The job looks similiar on my 95, but I haven't needed to change that one.
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Old 06-08-2005, 10:54 PM   #22
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Re: accessory belt squeak/chirp

and where it says to use a specal tool to put belt on just put a 3/8 ratchet and load it with that
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