I've used Permatex belt dressing and it works great.I just had the belts changed (~1 month) again (first time was 3 years ago) and it's squeaking when car and weather are cold.
I was told I could try "belt dressing" which I never heard of. Is it good idea? Is there something else wrong with the pulleys?
I don't know...Thanks.
Does belt dressing hurt or shorten the belt life? I thought those belts should last long time (pathy has ~142k miles).
The time I installed brand new belts, it made no sound. About a month later, it started squealing like a pig getting slaughtered.I don't know...
It just seems to me that 'belt dressing' is sorta like putting 'stop leak' in a radiator or 'fix-a-flat' in a tire. Always a half-ass attempt to fix something that needs to be fixed right and ends up biting you in ass later on. In other words, a waste of money and time.
But that's just me...I'm weird that way...
Good article, thanks.
I've used Permatex belt dressing and it works great.
Before I used Permatex, I tried scuffing the belt contact points with sand paper, I even tried candle wax for grip and neither worked.
Get a can, shake it good, run the engine and spray the contact area of the belt without saturating it. Let it run for at least several minutes for it to get worked in. Sometimes it'll take longer for it to work, but just drive it around doing your business and the noise will be gone.
Make sure they put on good quality belt and they must fit right. I had a squeaky belt on our 95. Turned out the belt had worn down and was catching in the alternator pulley. I read on this board that a good quality belt must be used. Some had purchased new belts that did not fit the pulley correctly and they ended up causing problems. A good quality V belt should be used.