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My 2013 xct had developed what I believed to be a squeaky belt. A trip to the shop proved that it was a "little loose" according to the mechanic. So, he adjusted, rode, adjusted some more, rode, adjusted, and finally let me know it was dealt with.

The ride home that day was without chirp, so I thought maybe he'd tightened the belt enough so it was gonna be ok.

Now about a month after the service, the chirping is back. While riding, it almost sounds like it's coming from the left front of the engine area, which is opposite from where I would expect to hear it.

With as good of a sound this bike SHOULD have with the stage 1 and tri-ovals, it kinda sounds a little like a toy when that chirp overshadows the engine.

Granted, I'm riding in "not summer" weather, and the temp might have something to do with this.

Anyone else have or had a persistent noise like this and know what I should ask them to try next?

Thanks!
 

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Can you reproduce the sound without riding? Like by pushing on the bars to compress the forks? Spinning the wheels?

One of my old bikes had a "squeak" like that for over a year. Found out way too late it was the sound of a wheel bearing going bad. Stranded me in the middle of a cross country trip in Montana........
 

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Well the sound only happens when the clutch is engaged, so I'm pretty sure it's in the drive train somewhere.


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My guess is your belt is dirty. Happens to mine all the time as I have a gravel road between my house and highway. Wash it with soap and water whenever it starts chirping.
 

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Well the sound only happens when the clutch is engaged, so I'm pretty sure it's in the drive train somewhere.
You're sure you're not riding a Yamaha Royal Star Venture? :ltr: :ltr:
 

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in some cases the dealer has replaced belt and pulley cause they can't get the squeak to go away
 

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The belt is supposed to be cleaned at every oil change. It's right there in the manual. Cleaning the belt gets rid of (approximately) 80% of my customers chirping problems, the of 19% get a belt adjustment, 1% get parts replacement.
 

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Thanks Rylan, Guess I'll give cleaning a try.
 

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The belt is supposed to be cleaned at every oil change. It's right there in the manual.
Guess I'm about 6 oil changes overdue. :ltr:

Haven't heard a chirp yet.
 

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I had a chirp

I had the same thing happen to me. Loose belt they said but it came back about 2 months later so I took it back. They looked "harder" that time and 'discovered' that my pulley was warped. Apparently there were a bunch that were defective. They ended up replacing the pulley under warranty so follow up if you hear it return and tell them about my experience.
 

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Weird. I've never cleaned a drive belt on any belt driven bike I've ever owned. Fussy Victories......
 

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Guess I'm about 6 oil changes overdue. :ltr:

Haven't heard a chirp yet.
I read the manual and it says to clean at every TIRE change, not oil change, so you're probably still safe. thumb up
 

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I read the manual and it says to clean at every TIRE change, not oil change, so you're probably still safe. thumb up
That is in fact what it says on page 65 but on the periodic maintenance table it list drive belt as "I" at every oil change. They define "I" as: inspect, clean, adjust, correct, or replace if necessary. My info is from the 2012 XC operator manual. When I find a maintenance item left to some interpretation, I go with the more conservative and do the extra work.

I hope you get your chirp quiet. I imagine that is pretty annoying.
 

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I have cleaned and adjusted too many times to count now- 12 XCT.. I am just putting on a set of D&Ds to hide it and call it done!! LOL!!!
 

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Yep, my bad, I misspoke. Clean the belt and pulleys every tire change.
Anyway, doesn't change the fact that I've fixed a bunch of squeaky bikes with a hose and some soap.

Yes, there were some warped pulleys out there too, so if everything else fails, the rear pulley would get replaced first.
 

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Yep, my bad, I misspoke. Clean the belt and pulleys every tire change.
Anyway, doesn't change the fact that I've fixed a bunch of squeaky bikes with a hose and some soap.
I am happy to report that the simple answer remains the best. After cleaning the belt, no more chirp (for now). Adding this to my routine maintenance and/or as needed.

Thanks for the tip!
 

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Cleaning and bar soap temporarily fixed mine.Dealer replaced pulley, under warranty. 2K miles later, I am still good
 

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VJ , is that a GoPro on your head ?
 
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