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post #1 of 3 Old 05-23-2010, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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This weekends Jeep problems (radio and belt)

My factory radio will play for about 5 seconds and cut out (just the sound, it still has power and all the buttons still operate). Any ideas or time for a new head unit? I'd rather not spend cash on it as it's one more thing for people to steal and it's just a weekend toy, not my daily driver. Though it would be nice to have an iPod plug...
Also, when I started it this morning I had some squeaking under the hood. It sped up with the engine and went away as it warmed up so I'm guessing I'm about to be replacing a belt?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-23-2010, 07:17 AM
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Not sure about the radio, but as far as the belt my guess would be a pulley. You can easily check the belt for wear, and even if it's ok it's not a bad idea to replace it considering how easy it is.

I had the same type of noise...squeaked when cold then went away. Turned out to be the idler pulley. You can easily diagnose the pulley by hitting the bolt/bushing with a squirt of wd-40...if it doesn't squeak you found the pulley that needs to be replaced. (some people might argue with this, but just don't get whatever you use on the belt)

The idelr pulley and belt should take 30 minutes to replace. Just make sure you sketch the belt routing out or print a diagram before removing it.
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Just give your local bone yard a call see if they have one there cheap and if someone steal it no biggy. I picked up one for mine the cd player didnt like giving back my disc so I bought one for $25 from my local yard they had 30 of them guy pointed to a pile and said pick one and try it out if it dont work bring it back and try agine.
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