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Old 07-13-2009, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2004 XT with 90,000 miles on it. For the past little while when turning the wheel to full lock I hear a high pitched squeal, sounds like engine belts squealing. Before it only happened when turning the steering wheel to full left or right, but now it happens when getting out of a parallel parking space in the morning, during the entire turning of the wheel. !

do i need to get some sort of belt in the engine replaced?

is it expensive?

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when were your accessory belts replaced last? you're nearing 100k miles, so your timing belt will need to be changed too.
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how often are the accessory belts needing replacement?

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My manual says every 90-100k, BUT you need to check their tightness every 10k or so from 60k on. Your year could differ though, so consult your maintenance manual for specifics. Cars101.com also has the maintenance schedule, but it will differ from your book. Not sure which one is the most current, so I just stick to my book.
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belt is easy to replace...but get the belt from the dealer not from autozone because it doesn't fit.

just need a 10mm, and 12mm socket.
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I get the same thing on MY08. Every once in a while though. I have 39,000 miles so far.
It's only when I pull as far as it can go, which I try to avoid, but sometimes.. the lil piggy comes out.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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is there a place online where i can order the belt from?

its getting worse...

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belt is easy to replace...but get the belt from the dealer not from autozone because it doesn't fit.

just need a 10mm, and 12mm socket.
is that so? I just got a belt from autozone that was listed as fitting... should i return it and call around to dealers?


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is that so? I just got a belt from autozone that was listed as fitting... should i return it and call around to dealers?


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that was exactly what I did...and it was too short and caused me to put everything back together and get the belt from the dealer. You could try to stretch it to fit....but I'm not willing to do that.

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Just go to you local dealer!

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i believe dealer is cheaper too.
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I replaced both my acessory and power steering belt this spring and as it finally got real cold here in canada the belts have loosened because of it and I was getting a terrible squealing. So I just tightened the belts and it fixed the problem. Easy fix.
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I replaced both my acessory and power steering belt this spring and as it finally got real cold here in canada the belts have loosened because of it and I was getting a terrible squealing. So I just tightened the belts and it fixed the problem. Easy fix.
Forgive my ignorance, I'm a newbie at car maintenance but have managed to find the belts and pulleys no problem they look fine (no cracks, visible wear to mention), but how do you tighten up the belts?
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This thread has been really helpful. I've only had my car for a few months (04 forester x) and I noticed the same sort-of noise not too long after purchasing it. Glad to hear it's a simple fix. I'm going to try to get around to changing the belts this weekend.
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http://www.scoobymods.com/tsb-04-13-09-t12373.html

TSB on the power steering pump relief valve.
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