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Old 10-16-2007, 08:39 PM
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serpentine belt squeak

95 e300d 195,000
Replaced the belt with a continental belt from Fastlane. Within a couple of weeks, a squeak developed. The chirp coincided with the yellow lettering on the belt. I removed it and spun the alternator, water pump, etc. and couldn't seem to get a squeak. I put the old belt back on and the squeak was gone. Examining the new belt that I just removed, I noticed some dust on the ribbed side sort of like brake dust. With what could someone clean a serpantine belt? I was thinking about dish soap and a tooth brush. Anyone else have this problem?

2009 E320 Bluetec 117,000
1995 E300D 306,000 Sold
1996 Ford Taurus LX 130,000 Sold
1985 300TD Still 225,000 Sold
2016 Ford Fusion 24,900
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:42 PM
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I had the same wailing belt. Also continental. Belt develops squeak after a few weeks.

When the engine is running, pour water on the belt; if th squeak goes away, replace it.

I replaced mine after 4 weeks of having the belt. Total waste of money.

Now a Made in Japan belt is inside. No squeaks yet.
1992 200E
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Always hope I can freeze someone with the aircon- Just change the compressor again, Subseal leaked with a psssssssss sound.
Its the NON-3 Pointed star items on my car that cost more to repair.$%^&%%*^&
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:36 AM
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Same problem with 95 E320

Same belt and after a couple of weeks it started squeaking/ticking. Watching the belt come over the top you could see where it had about a 3-4" section that was out of line with the rest of the belt.

I almost felt bad putting a $25 Goodyear Gatorback on the car but it is quiet. The $45 Continental from Fastlane was not. Maybe just one bad batch came through.

I was so certain that the noise could not be the Conti belt that I replaced the water was going to need one anyway. Very disappointing when it started ticking and chirping when it was put back together.
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00 ML320 170K
95 E320 wgn 160K
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:41 PM
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I replaced two conti belts and both chirped.

Put a a goodyear gatorback and noise gone.
Let me also add that I had the same issue on my SL500 with 48k miles. I replaced the Conti belt twice and squeeked and chirped really bad. Replaced 10k miles ago with Goodyear Gatorback, No noise at all.
Now I have Gatorbacks on all three Benzes. The Conti belts really suck.

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Old 03-26-2008, 09:57 PM
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Don't think much of their tires or their belts.

2007 C 230 Sport.
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