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Causes of a Squealing Drive Belt in a Volkswagen

Volkswagen Squealing Drive Belt

At least one drive belt can be found under the hood of your Volkswagen. A drive belt’s job is to drive accessories like a water pump, alternator, and air conditioner compressor that are installed on your engine. If a drive belt breaks, the car will not be drivable and will need to be towed.

If the engine runs without a drive belt, it may overheat due to the lack of a water pump. Other parts can be harmed by a damaged belt. We’ll look at the causes of a squealing drive belt in your Volkswagen and what you can do about it in this article.

Causes of a Squealing Drive Belt

There could be several reasons for the high-pitched screeching you hear every time you start your car. Here are a few examples:

Old belt

A drive belt, like most automobile parts, will wear out over time. The great news is that new automobile models are accompanied by belts that are more durable than before (engine belts, alternator belts, timing belts, and so on). However, after 75,000 miles, you should replace your existing belt with a brand new one. If you don’t, you’ll end up with a fan belt broken drive at the most inconvenient times. A fan belt that has begun to dry out can also cause a drive belt noise. The continual friction caused by motion might cause that screeching sound. The heat out of the engine might also cause the belt to dry out.

Misaligned/ Worn-Out Pulley

Other noises or the sequel are caused by something other than the drive belt. The entire system comprises a pulley system that has rotating pulley grooves that secure the belt as it spins. Whenever the tensioner pulley begins to deteriorate, it begins to make louder chirping noises over time. If the pulley grooves are being destroyed, you’ll also hear a chirping noise.

Friction causes this over time, resulting in belt cracks. If the number of cracks grows, the belt tension and pulley system tightness will deteriorate, resulting in snapping or slippage. Luckily, our expert mechanics can replace or adjust any misaligned pulley.

Coolant Exposure

Engine coolant, or antifreeze, is a colored liquid that is blended with water to ensure your engine stays cool in hot weather. Your automobile will circulate the coolant all through the engine block as the temperature outside varies from hot to cold to maintain the operating temperature that is even. However, this temperature regulator has the potential to be hazardous. A drive belt can be damaged by even the smallest amount of coolant corroding its surface. If coolant frequently drips from a coolant line leak or is burnt out by the fan of the engine, it will cause the belt to screech.

Exceptional Cold

The length of time a drive belt lasts might also be affected by the weather. Cold temperatures cause the material of the belt to become brittle and more susceptible to damage. The good news is that you generally don’t have a bad belt if the screeching noise is loud on cold mornings but fades as the day and the engine get warmer. However, have it checked thoroughly by a professional to determine the source of the squeaky belt and whether you’ll need to replace the drive belt to stop the squeaking.

Improper Installation

The drive belt requires accuracy on the track to effectively function due to its high tension. Even a new belt pulley and a new belt won’t stop the screeching noise if the replacement belt isn’t placed properly.

Slippage of the Belt

Belt tension loss, a weak automated tensioner, or incorrect pulley alignment can all cause slippage. The friction between the belt and the accessory drive pulleys causes the drive belt to overheat, resulting in a high-pitched screeching noise.

Causes of a Squealing Drive Belt in a Volkswagen

What Can I Do If I Hear A Drive Belt Squeak?

A squealing noise from a damaged Volkswagen New Drive Belt or failed drive belt is typically a major problem. Euro Plus Automotive in Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, CA is an excellent choice for resolving all of these issues, regardless of their origins. We’ve been servicing German and Japanese cars for over 30 years. Call us today for expert repairs and diagnostic testing. We are eager to earn your patronage.

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