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Old 03-03-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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Hey all. Time to work on my 2002 Prairie 4x4. I have a squeal which is in the clutch area... I think. Only happens for about .5 seconds when engine has almost slowed down to an idle after letting off of the gas. I've pulled the cover off and the drive belt appears to have a lot of play in it. I've read the instructions from the manual but there is one thing I'm not sure of. After rotating the left pulley to get the belt to the top and placing the straight edge on the pulleys I find that as I push down on the belt it slides under my straight edge to where I have a ton of slack. Am I suppose to hold the straight edge down hard enough so the belt doesn't move like that? Just looking at it it appears that there is about 8in. of distance between the top of the belt and the bottom of the belt. Also, I can almost clamp both sides of the belt together with my fingers with out causing the belt to move deeper into the left pulley. This was hard to explain so sorry if it's a bit confusing. Also, is the belt suppose to be notched on both sides?

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Old 03-03-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
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Ok.. I took apart the driven pulley and it appears that the spring and wear shoes need to be replaced. I also found that the squeal is coming from the drive pulley as it resets itself as the rpm reduce. Can I put some WD40 in there without causing a problem?
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I don't think it is recommended to use any lubricant as it will attract dirt.

Get with VForceJohn. He can get you the parts you need and tell you how to clean it all up.
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