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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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My 2013 XCT w/ 4600 miles recently developed a squeal/chirping noise usually beginning around 45-50 MPH. I haven't been able to isolate the noise and before I go messing around with belt alignment, I wanted to see if this is consistent with what others who had to adjust their belt have experienced. I wear a 3/4 helmet and don't notice the noise much about 65 MPH. For those that have had to adjust their belt due to noise, were your experiences similar?
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could be belt guard and for sure do the belt alingment

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I periodically use paraffin wax on the edges of the drive belt. Don't have to do it very often and it keeps the squeaks away.

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The only thing consistent about belt squeal is inconsistency. Not being sarcastic. Belts squeal at differing rpms, temps, humidity, tensions, alignment tolerances, age, pulley metallurgy, the list is endless. Wipe some beeswax whatever on the belt teeth and ride it. If it stops, then you have a chirping belt issue and that opens the floodgates for fifty eleven and more suggestions for how to cure it or how to make it quiet enough that you can pretend it isn't' t there.
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Pop, it's more of a case of curiosity and not "the sky is falling". I won't chase the noise unless I see unusual wear on the edge of the belt (assuming this is the source). An occasional application of some sort of lube isn't going to bother me.
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could be belt guard and for sure do the belt alingment
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If you don't have proper belt alingment your brake pads will wear un-even

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Sure nice to get all this insightful knowledge. Seriously though, it almost sounds like the chirp is the bike saying "wanna race". Perhaps I haven't noticed if there's a subsequent pattern to this in that I only hear the noise if there's another bike in the general vicinity. I'm going to have to make some mental notes to all the environmental parameters each time I hear the noise/voice going forward.
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I was gettin a little chirpy noise on occasion. I toed the rear tire to the right just a hair (still looks perfectly straight in the swingarm, but then, I need a level to hang pictures) because the belt was riding way to the outside of the pulley. Seems to have stopped.

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The only thing consistent about belt squeal is inconsistency. Not being sarcastic. Belts squeal at differing rpms, temps, humidity, tensions, alignment tolerances, age, pulley metallurgy, the list is endless. Wipe some beeswax whatever on the belt teeth and ride it. If it stops, then you have a chirping belt issue and that opens the floodgates for fifty eleven and more suggestions for how to cure it or how to make it quiet enough that you can pretend it isn't' t there.
I have fought that dragon on other crusades and I say good luck.
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