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i have a Kawasaki 2008 and when i set i drive position the belt squeals and when i take it out of gear it stops. i took it back to the dealer after it had 40 hrs on it and they said that the clutch had to be shimed and the belt was wore and needed to change the belt so they did and charged me for it because it was out of warrenty as you can see I have not driven it much in a year. i,m 63 years old and don,t do the mud thing. so any way can anyone give me some advice it is squealing again and my 90 day warrenty is up.
 

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well that stops the sqealing but doesn't stop the problem. i dont here a rino or ranger sqealing. my friend has a kaw. and his sq. also
 

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well that stops the sqealing but doesn't stop the problem. i dont here a rino or ranger sqealing. my friend has a kaw. and his sq. also
the squealing is normal...just means the belt is tight. Mine does it all the time. If you are going to be in one spot for a minute just put in Neutral. The rhinos belt always stays tight on the clucth...the kawi clutch has to move and grab the belt.
 

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ok thanks i guess i will just leave it alone if this is common just a bad design i use mine for hunting and did not need the extra noise it just grinds a bit evey time i have to put it in gear. and i have it idled down pretty low. thanks again for your input
 

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Huntfishing,
Just another forum member here telling you the same thing. The squeal is just fine (annoying but fine) I would use caution at the Dealership that told you the belt was worn. The opposite is actually the truth. A worn belt would make no noise because it would be loose and not rubbing the rotating part of the drive clutch. I went through this when I adjusted my belt after break-in. It squealed so I re-shimmed it several times. It has the exact defelection it is supposed to have but it squeals a tiny bit when idling in gear. Just pop her in neutral.
 

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Huntfishing,
Just another forum member here telling you the same thing. The squeal is just fine (annoying but fine) I would use caution at the Dealership that told you the belt was worn. The opposite is actually the truth. A worn belt would make no noise because it would be loose and not rubbing the rotating part of the drive clutch. I went through this when I adjusted my belt after break-in. It squealed so I re-shimmed it several times. It has the exact defelection it is supposed to have but it squeals a tiny bit when idling in gear. Just pop her in neutral.
thanks i guess thats what i will be doing kinda sucks but it sounds like i have no choice
 

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What is happening is in neutral the secondary sheave is able to turn and the slight bit of touching the belt has on the primary sheave makes the belt and the sheave turn, when you put it in gear the secondary sheave won't turn and it also keeps the belt from turning so the squeal is the belt rubbing on the primary sheave while it is spinning it is also wearing your belt too so, idle put in neutral.
 

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What is happening is in neutral the secondary sheave is able to turn and the slight bit of touching the belt has on the primary sheave makes the belt and the sheave turn, when you put it in gear the secondary sheave won't turn and it also keeps the belt from turning so the squeal is the belt rubbing on the primary sheave while it is spinning it is also wearing your belt too so, idle put in neutral.
thanks for the heads up i will be sure and put it in neutral
 

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What is happening is in neutral the secondary sheave is able to turn and the slight bit of touching the belt has on the primary sheave makes the belt and the sheave turn, when you put it in gear the secondary sheave won't turn and it also keeps the belt from turning so the squeal is the belt rubbing on the primary sheave while it is spinning it is also wearing your belt too so, idle put in neutral.
I understand what you guys are saying but the belt didn't squeal when it was new. That would mean to me that the belt needs to be adjusted. Even though it might just need a little adjustment it still needs it. Since it is also wearing the belt also leads me to believe that the belt needs to be adjusted to prevent premature failure.
 
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