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asam361804
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Jul 22, 2005, 9:37 PM

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Belt squeal Sign In

Every time I start my 1987 Ford F150 there is an annoying squeal. The duration of the squeal is directly proportional to the amount of cranking time; i.e. when it's cold the engine starts immediately and the squeal will last perhaps 10 seconds but when its hot, sometimes the starter will have to turn it over several times and the squeal will last perhaps 30 seconds. Once I had trouble starting the engine because of contaminated fuel and ran the battery almost dead before I got it started and the squeal then lasted for several minutes.

I have checked the alternator belt and believe it to be in good condition and the tensioner also seems to be functioning properly. I believe the alternator has been replaced by a higher amp than OEM. Could the higher amp alternator simply be placing more load on the alternator belt than it is capable of handling? Any suggestions will be appreciated.


DanD
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Jul 23, 2005, 6:00 AM

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Re: Belt squeal Sign In

A couple of things may be happening. First the belt maybe stretched or a little on the long side and the tensioner is running close to the end of its travel.
Second the tensioner may have lost its ability to hold the belt as tight as necessary due to the spring being weak.
Some tensioners have a pointer and an index showing it operating range if yours doesn’t you can unload the tensioner all the way to the end of its travel. With it there you should only be able to just slide the belt on and off, with every little room to spare.
As you stated the alternator has been replaced, the pulley on the replacement may be of a smaller diameter, which would make even the proper cataloged belt now to long.
Dan.

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Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 23, 2005, 6:54 PM

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Re: Belt squeal Sign In

I'm NOT a truck person but the 5.0 that you probably have has NO automatic tentioner and you have to do it the old fashioned way. Loosen the 9/16 alt bolt and use an adjustable wrench on the alt(it has a square spot for this up top) to adjust to just to where you can't turn the alt fins by hand - not further! You can always do it again, but way too tight will hurt stuff. Good luck - should be an easy fix,



DanD
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Jul 24, 2005, 3:16 AM

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Re: Belt squeal Sign In

Sorry Tom but this engine has a serpentine belt system here is a page from the catalog.

DAYCO Products Catalog - Passenger, Car, Light Truck, Van


FORD F SERIES PICKUPS - 1987 - V8 5.0L 302ci GAS FI N N


Belts / Tensioners / Pulleys
Part Number Description
5060895
Belt Routing Diagram Multiple Accessory


89006 Tensioner Pulley
89013 Idler Pulley, w/o A.C.
89224 Automatic Belt Tensioner

Dan.

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Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 24, 2005, 9:43 AM

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Re: Belt squeal Sign In

Hey buddy - you are awsome! I can't speak well for real trucks and probably should leave those posts alone. I do deal with tons of 5.0s from the 80s - but they are all cars! Be well, Tom







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