belt noise

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by george smith, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. george smith

    george smith New Member

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    my belt is sqeeking, has been adjusted, cleaned, dressed. still making noise may quit for a little bit after cleaning, adjusting, or dressing. but noise comes back. belt seems to be in good condition. 34,000 miles. any ideas?? getting ready for big ride!!! need help!
     
  2. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    Welcome george smith. post number 1..
    Now You will Hopefully get some answers..

    Mine Had a problem that showed up on my bike years back (2oooFXDS).. I had to run the Belt a TAD bit looser than the Specks..Every time it Was too tight it squeaked and too loose it would not make a noise... I found the happy Medium and went for that.

    I aligned like you have, waxed the belt, but the Loosening did the trick..

    IF too loose it will be hard on the belt..SO,

    JUST a WEE BIT...

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  3. hobo55

    hobo55 Active Member

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    Are you sure it's the belt and not a bearing?
     
  4. hntwrobin

    hntwrobin Active Member

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    I've seen this often and normally the wheel is slightly cocked. It doesn't take much to make noise:s
     
  5. george smith

    george smith New Member

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    That's what we thought. We changed the wheel bearing...are there any other bearings?? Pretty sure its belt though because when you put dressing on it, or even spray it with water it will quite temporarily. Any other suggestions? Thanks!!
     
  6. george smith

    george smith New Member

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    Could be. How do i get a "perfect" adjustment?? Thanks for everyone's help.
     
  7. george smith

    george smith New Member

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    Does anyone know where I can find Dry Silicone Spray by Krylon? I've checked Local Hardware stores, O'Reilly, even Wal-Mart! Help! Please haha
     
  8. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Tight belt will squeak sometimes no squeak till bike has done a few miles as the pulleys front and rear get hot and expand a wee bit squeak starts then loosen a wee bit more should then be good

    Brian
     
  9. Nuke99

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    George, does it squeak when cold? When I adjusted mine to the spec cold, the belt would start squeaking after rolling a bit. That was caused by additional tightening as friction heats the real belt pulley and it expands. I agree with Bubbie that the cold specs are a little too tight. It is important to find the tight spot when adjusting and then set it at that point. I found some help on this site and set mine a little loose as it will tighten while riding, causing the squeak.
     
  10. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I use the dupont silicon spray, spray a little on a cloth and rub it on the inside of the belt. For alignment I use two 6' florescent bulbs and stand the bike up stright, place the bulbs on either side of the rear tire extending forward. Measure from two places on the front tire on both sides. The measurments will be equal if the rear tire is stright in the frame. Careful with the bulbs, they make a mess if you break them.