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98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

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98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by mecheng » Thu Aug 07, 2014 4:36 am

For the last couple of months, when cold there is a "chirp, chirp" noise from my timing belt only when the engine is cold and only at idle. When the car heats up it, or when I rev the engine the noise dissapears.

I removed the serpentine belt to ensure it was the timing belt. I removed the cover, and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Any thoughts? Its not due for a timing belt yet.
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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by precopster » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:11 am

The chirp can be the pulley or the tensioner bearing. I'd just get a timing set without the belt and change it over.

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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by mecheng » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:39 am

Its funny that it doesn't do it when its warm. To add, I have the mechanic tensioner. Maybe the tension is not set correctly?
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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by precopster » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:51 am

At 20degC or around 70degF the pointer should be close to the middle when running. Pretty easy to check with only a 10mm bolt to undo.
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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by mecheng » Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:14 am

Ok I just read the instructions, it says to adjust the eccentric counterclockwise or from the right, but then it says to turn it clockwise. It is somewhat confusing.
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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by Ozark Lee » Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:56 am

My mechanical tensioner isn't on an eccentric bolt. It has the center bolt to latch it down and then an Allen head hole to actually adjust the tensioner.
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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by cn90 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:06 am

Check your service records. The TB may last 130K+ but the mechanical tensioner is notorious for failing as early as 90K on it.

The TB kit sold by the dealer (TB and both pulleys) is about $120, better be safe than sorry.

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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by rspi » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:12 am

Noisy TB rollers is your FINAL WARNING. Replace the bad roller TODAY. If the roller seizes up, it will toss the belt and the head.

I had that warning on one of my 960's. When I pulled the belt the idler roller was so tight I could NOT spin it with one hand, took two hands and a lot of effort.

If the belt has NOT been changed in the last 50k, just install a new belt. $18 Is all a new belt cost, unless you don't mind going back in there in 20,000 miles or so.
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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by cn90 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:31 am

The whole TB kit is only $120 at dealer (TB, idler and mechanical pulley).
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Re: 98 S70 Squeaking Noise from Timing Belt when hot

Post by mecheng » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:10 am

Ozark Lee wrote:My mechanical tensioner isn't on an eccentric bolt. It has the center bolt to latch it down and then an Allen head hole to actually adjust the tensioner.
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Ok, to adjust do you only move it counter clock wise ?

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