Does the fan have to come out? that seems difficult and i've heard that the watter pump " that the fan is attached to " tends to fail soon after tampering with the fan.The AC belt is basically the same as the front accessory belt, with a separate tensioner pulley.
You can do it from the top, but the front belt has to come off first.
Listen to this... i did the water test to see which one was squeaking.. . it's the main belt. the one that i just replaced 1000 miles ago.. why so soon??No, the fan does not have to come out.
As mentioned, there is a separate tentioner for the AC belt.
However, my personal experience is that the tentioner does not move all that much and it was hard to get the belt off. To get my OEM AC belt off, after removing the main belt, I had to remove the air cleaner assembly all the way to the throttle body, and remove the wiper fluid reservoir. After that, I was able to move the AC belt tentioner, slide the belt off the crank pully -sliding it toward the engine, then I was able to get the belt off the AC compressor.
Once I figured out how to get the belt off, putting the new one on was easy, simply reversing the steps.
To be honest, I moved the air cleaner and washer bottle mainly because I could not get at the right angle to see what I was doing. I probably would not do it that way again since now that I know that if you take it off the crank pulley first, it is a lot easier to do. Sometimes you live and learn.
Well you have reasonably priced options out there...pick your poisongoing to purchase one in a couple days... waiting on some money to fall off the tree.
There is a lower A/C belt tensioner that will also squeak when the bearing goes dry...
It's pretty cheap, however doesn't look to easy to get to. But possible!
Mine squeaks from time to time down there...I'll probably replace it when it squeaks constantly.
Hang in there man you've almost got it fixed up!
Is there ANY way to test? I can't keep buying parts.What about the idler pulleys?
Keep us posted on the actual repair they do.......this way in case other members who have the same problem as you did will find a possible fix here.I give up on it. I'm taking it to a mechanic on Monday. Hope things don't go too bad. Thanks for all the help. I did way more to my truck than I would have without your tips. :thx