NE: Trust me... replace your Belt Tensioner Assembly... after 2 shreaded belts, within a yrs time... I finally chose to graduate from tard school... I replaced the Belt Tensioner... took about 20min... and replaced with a motorcraft belt... after 500 miles there has been no squeal.. and no more shreaded belts.. After 280K miles, I have chose to just be smart and replace all the small moving parts outside the 7.3L... I'm tired of having to worry about parts failing...due to I was to dam lazy to check them, or just being dam stupid... And plus I have a Family who keeps telling me... U Can't Fix Stupid! I'm trying hard to prove them wrong.
my '95 ate a belt shortly aftwer I bought it...it was the upper rad hose clamp...the tag ends were facing the front and there were pieces of the belt snagged underneath...I just swiveled the clamp...sometimes simple solutions are the cheapest...just my experience...
Glad ya found and fixed the problem... I learned a few things at my own expense... On this adventure. 98% of the time, the belt don't just start to squeal by itself... It's telling U!!! That something is wrong... and for U to fix it, before it dies. Sqealing means slipping. due to not being tight. And don't do what I did... Please... Apply belt dressing.... Just makes it slip more without the sqeal... which means less cooling-less battery charging-ect. Great Job NE
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