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This is a discussion on 2002 wrx squeaking noise within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have a 2002 wrx with 150,000 miles. I just recently started to hear a "squeak" noise.. It is not ...

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    2002 wrx squeaking noise

    I have a 2002 wrx with 150,000 miles. I just recently started to hear a "squeak" noise.. It is not all the time, but it goes squeak squeak, and then it goes away, and then it comes back, etc.. I am pretty good with cars and it sounds like a rod bearing to me, but I am hoping it isn't. Just wondering if a rod bearing would start to sound like this and go away, and come back, etc? Also, is there anything else that could cause this?

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    Simplest/cheapest answer is a belt or pulley on the outside of the front cover (accessory stuff). If so I'd not bother tightening, I'd replace with authentic Subaru parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Simplest/cheapest answer is a belt or pulley on the outside of the front cover (accessory stuff). If so I'd not bother tightening, I'd replace with authentic Subaru parts.
    +1. I used generic belts, and the V part of the V belts were the wrong angle, and they squeaked like crazy.

    My genuine OEM Subaru belts say Mitsubishi on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarra View Post
    +1. I used generic belts, and the V part of the V belts were the wrong angle, and they squeaked like crazy.

    My genuine OEM Subaru belts say Mitsubishi on them.
    Yes those are the ones, mine say that also. They cost no more than what generics cost anyway so they're a no-brainer, especially since they're padded on the underside and the correct shape.
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    Thanks guys.

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    Yea i have a 2001 WRX with 100,000km on the clock, and i sometimes hear a slight squeak. usualy going from 2nd to 3rd. would this be the same problem or something different? any ideas would be great.

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    A big problem with South African WRX and STi models is the A/C tensioner pulley. They go all the time and start to squeak especially on shut down.This part is a weak item and overtensioning shortens it's lifespan even more. The pulley in question also tends to deflect towards the cam cover in time and even abrade into the cam cover. Actually heard of a case where the cambelt almost failed due to the intrusion by this pulley.

    Don't know if US spec Impreza's suffer the same fault.

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    does putting wax on the belts help? iv heard it does

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    Quote Originally Posted by !boosted! View Post
    does putting wax on the belts help? iv heard it does
    That will help w/ sound for a limited time but not in any way a solution, check the belt and tighten if thats the issue, only takes like 5 min and only need 10 and 12 mm, really easy

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    I also have the same problem and now my local shop told me my tensioner pulley is bad. Does anyone have a link to where I can buy one from online?

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    i just replaced this on my 04 wrx a year ago and it's doing the same thing again should i get an after market alternater pully??? Is that worth it and whatkind should i get? thanks any help is appreciated.

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    I prefer authentic parts. However, I think Advanced sell a plastic and/or a metal pulley that will fit our application. You might look into that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by triscal View Post
    A big problem with South African WRX and STi models is the A/C tensioner pulley. They go all the time and start to squeak especially on shut down.This part is a weak item and overtensioning shortens it's lifespan even more. The pulley in question also tends to deflect towards the cam cover in time and even abrade into the cam cover. Actually heard of a case where the cambelt almost failed due to the intrusion by this pulley.

    Don't know if US spec Impreza's suffer the same fault.

    Cheers.
    Good info and yes the US cars have the same issue.
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