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Old 12-03-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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Need some help with an annoying squeal that started on my Honda Ridgeline this week. Usually when something like this happens it goes away after 1 day, but the sound has been here for 3 days now and getting worse. When I start up the car I hear a faint squeal from a belt. When I hit the gas pedal the squealing gets louder and sounds "faster". When I ease off the gas the squealing gets quieter and sounds "slower". I can hear the squealing during my entire commute, going around 30-35 mph the whole way.

My mechanical skills are not great. I change fluids myself, but I've had bad luck repairing a belt myself in the past and ended up causing more damage after it snapped. I had all belts replaced about 2.5 years and 20k miles ago. Is this something that can be easily fixed, like adjusting the serpentine belt?
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:28 AM
 
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Belt and/or tensioner.

Going to most likely be one of those two. Belt being less than three years old, i'd lean towards it being the tensioner.. But.. If it was a cheap belt, then it wouldn't be unheard of for it to be causing problems.

Start it, pop the hood.. Can you pinpoint where the noise is coming from? It could be any of the accessories that the belt drives.. But.. I would be surprised if it was. belt or tensioner would be the most likely culprits
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:47 AM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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My timing belt and serpentine belt were replaced with OEM parts at the same time 2.5 years ago. I don't recall if my mechanic also changed the tensioner. I'll have to listen with my stethoscope tonight to pinpoint the noise.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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don't underestimate your alternator's ability to squeal.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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don't underestimate your alternator's ability to squeal.
Thanks for the tip. Looks like I'll be touching non-moving parts with the stethoscope too.
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