Minor Problems

Discussion in 'Chevy Tahoe Forum (GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade)' started by Conlan Rose, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Kady

    Kady Epic Member 5+ Years GMTC Chick 100 Posts

    Actually, now that I think of it, toward the end, it did really squeak, and it was only sometimes... Definitely check that pulley....
  2. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    That I don't know... But the power steering is working great and not having any problems. Also my brakes are working fine just don't have ABS when I slam on the brakes.
  3. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Sadly I can not check this out until I get back from Maine but will check as some as I get back.
  4. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    So the squeak didn't happen during start up and driving this morning only a little bit well parking and turning in the parking lot. also none when i drove the truck 3 hours after that and when i drove to work a couple hours ago only squeaking was when parking as well.
  5. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Squeaking is now getting worse because I'm driving the truck every day again will be checking it out either Monday or during the week. Wish I could this weekend but I'm away for the weekend once again.
  6. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts


    Well spent about an hour maybe two replacing the belt tensioner pulley that was squeaking. Checked all other pulleys they were smooth and rotated easily (except for the crank shaft for obvious reasons). Took a while because I took lots of pics under the hood and inspected around to make sure all is good.

    Sadly I was unable to replace the rusty factory idler pulley because it has a lock nut of the back I couldn't get off. Also may need a new serpentine belt soon the one on there is reaching its end, has slight cracks between the cogs and barely able to see any of the print on the belt.

    Here's the pics:

    pulley on the truck was same one it was replaced with from autozone

    lock nut

    :grrrrrr: These are suppose to be in the beginning
  7. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    glad to hear you fixed your problem :)
  8. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    That lock washer is the exact same thing that they use to hold the rotors in place during assembly. You just need to grab one of the fins with a pair of side cutters and twist. It should come right off. They are only there for ease of assembly at the factory. If you do replace it make sure the new one looks exactly the same. I bought one from autozone and it would not work, the fins on the back rubbed. I had to buy an exact replacement at o'reillys
  9. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    [MENTION=51590]Pikey[/MENTION] it seems it really was only the tensioner pulley because the squeaking has stopped there is a slight quiet squeaking at random times but not sure if its the idler because the pulley's bearing felt factory smooth, smoother than the replacement even. I think the squeak is just the new pulleys bearings getting used to movement and such.
  10. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Is the washer required? the squeak is kinda back much quieter and only happens for maybe 30 sec or so then goes away and will occasionally come back. Have read that when pulleys are changed belt should be as well. Also I only have an autozone near by no O'Reilly's they don't exist in my state.

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