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Starting a new thread because I need updated info. Have the cold start belt chirp, and can not locate a Gatorback or Continental Elite belt for it. New tensioner/idler installed this spring. Any sources in here?
 
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Starting a new thread because I need updated info. Have the cold start belt chirp, and can not locate a Gatorback or Continental Elite belt for it. New tensioner/idler installed this spring. Any sources in here?
I did mine last year with ACDelco belts, tensioner, pully, from Rockauto and they are great thus far. BTW, the AC belt and tensioner were fried and were the culprit for the noise on mine. Not sure if you did your AC belt and tensioner, if not, I would have a look.
 

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I will confess -
I still have the original AC compressor belt (20 YEARS on it) and I have no issues living in DEEP south where it runs 10 months a year.

Other belt I am on second which I changed well under 100k (thread in here somewhere) with idler and tensioner sheaves.

NEVER EVER has mine chirped in 20 years...
 

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I will confess -
I still have the original AC compressor belt (20 YEARS on it) and I have no issues living in DEEP south where it runs 10 months a year.

Other belt I am on second which I changed well under 100k (thread in here somewhere) with idler and tensioner sheaves.

NEVER EVER has mine chirped in 20 years...
Nice, my AC belt and tensioner were original and just replaced this year. The AC tensioner looked great until I pulled it off and found that the spring had no springy anymore. I think it was part spring, part corrosion and crud hampering the movement. Anyhow, the belt was typical of a 18 year old belt, crackly on the inside, outside looked great.
 

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I replaced both belts, tensioners, pulleys, fan clutch, every hose and both heater hose quick disconnects when I replaced the water pump and thermostat on my 2003 Avalanche when I first got the truck back in March of 2020.

I also replaced the surge tank and cap for good measure and also because you could not see the coolant level inside of it anymore due to the years worth of staining.

The radiator sprang a leak in one of the tanks and got changed out shortly afterwards.

The maintenance records they provided to me did not show where any of those listed items had ever been changed before.

I figured 17 years and 240K miles was a good run for all of that stuff.

Two years and 25K miles later, I still have peace of mind.
 
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