Squealing belt

Asked by Jun 07, 2017 at 02:13 AM about the 2003 Honda Civic EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just had the altenator replace a month ago
with a new belt. Now when I step on the gas
its squeals like a stuck pig. It may do the
same when I turn the heat on as well. Also I
haven't needed the a.c. too much yet but its
cool for about 15 min then stops. One
person said use dressing another one said
dont. Anyone have anything else? Lol

5 Answers


Do not use dressing, there is a reason the belt is squealing, it could be the belt is loose due to a bad idler or the belt has stretched, even contaminated with oil or crud picked up on the road, take it back to the place that did the work and have them recheck the belt tension and for anything that might be causing it.

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Thank you so much! I even bought some belt dressing tonight. I appreciate your help and quick reply! Jamie


Hope it's just something simple, might still be under some kind of warranty.


I agree with tennisshoes, do not use the belt dressing. I think you'll find a worn belt tensioner, and possibly bad idler pulley as tennisshoes mentions. There definitely a bad pulley causing misalignment or tension for the serpentine belt.

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Thanks to the both of you. I also hope its under warranty its only been about 2-3 months tops. Thanks for saving me from the stupid mistake I was about to make

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