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Anyone had this issue?

Today i noticed a squeaking sound from the rear. With the engine off if i push it is when it's easiest to hear, and what it sounds like is rubber squeaking. Like if you are in one of those underground garages or some such surface thats real slick and you hear the tire squeaking against the glossy pavement. It's random as i move it, not totally constant. i looked at the belt front to rear (removed cover) and the tire to see if either was rubbing on something. any ideas?
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Mine does the same thing and I have yet to figure out what it is. If you do find out what it is, please post it. I don't hear it except at very low speed (usually when I just start moving or when I'm backing it up).

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Sounds like the belt drive is out of alignment. Not had this trouble myself but there are loads of threads on it.
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Belts will often make a squeaking noise.

It is caused by the rubber teeth on the belt rubbing as they go through the drive pulleys.

This is quite common and can be fixed with some Belt Lube (HD Dealers will have it)

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Today i noticed a squeaking sound from the rear. With the engine off if i push it is when it's easiest to hear, and what it sounds like is rubber squeaking. Like if you are in one of those underground garages or some such surface thats real slick and you hear the tire squeaking against the glossy pavement. It's random as i move it, not totally constant. i looked at the belt front to rear (removed cover) and the tire to see if either was rubbing on something. any ideas?
I had the same "eek, eek, eek" squeal at around 900 miles... took it straight to the dealer. The issue () is NOT belt tension, but belt/rear wheel alignment. If the rear wheel is even slightly off-set, the belt rubs up against the pulley making that "eek, eek, eek" noise.

I've got just over 6200 miles (going into the dealer for its 6K service next week) and the noise has been gone since the dealer adjusted the rear wheel alignment.

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I don't think it was the belt, but in any case i pulled the wheel, cleaned out the cush drive and lightly lubed it, cleaned all the grease in the spacers and axl and all that and re-greased and adjusted the belt how i had it and it's gone. Also blew out the rear brake with air and cleaned and lightly lubed the pistons. I gotta tell you, i have taken the back wheel off 3-4 times and this time it was a freakin' nightmare like never before ! Not sure why this time it was so much worse, but i was ready burn that [email protected] bike. When I finally got it on it was like an orgasm ! It's never a picnic but man, what was happening this time i just don't know. Took me about 10 times as long !

By the way, the adjustment mickey did when he put the new warranty belt on was never touched, so it shouldn't have been that. He has the proper alignment tool and all that and know a lot about belts being that he works on victorys and harleys as well. So i doubt it was that, which is why i marked where it was very accurately and set it back in the same place.
Oh, and wombat....thanks for the tip. Whether or not it was that it may be worth trying that stuff anyways just to keep that from happening.

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Today i noticed a squeaking sound from the rear. With the engine off if i push it is when it's easiest to hear, and what it sounds like is rubber squeaking. Like if you are in one of those underground garages or some such surface thats real slick and you hear the tire squeaking against the glossy pavement. It's random as i move it, not totally constant. i looked at the belt front to rear (removed cover) and the tire to see if either was rubbing on something. any ideas?
Any chance that the wheel is bent? A weak section of the sidewall of the tire flexing a bit more than the rest of the sidewall? Easy test is to set the bike upright on a jack, place a 4x4 with tire chalk strapped to it on a stool so that you can put just the tip against the sidewall on both sides and dead center of the tire (three tests or three chalks one test) rotate the wheel slowly just once, but break it up in 90 degree sections (a quarter of a turn at a time and re-adjust the chalk if needed). Deviations in the chalk patterns will tell you if and where there a problems.

Fast and nasty but definately more dangerous. With the rear wheel suspended, the engine running and bike idling in first gear, take a long shank screw driver (at least 12 inches) business end in your gloved hand, gently lay the handle on the moving tire with very light tension. Slowly bring the handle across the tread. You will feel the deviations if they are there. A long 3/8 drive extention will work just don't let the end touch the tire use the round part of the shaft.

The tire should be suspended off of the ground for a minimum of 2 hours, over night is best, this lets the flat spots from ground contact when parked even out. They won't affect your tests this way.

In case your wondering, these are shade tree mechanic tests to determine if a wheel is bent or a tire is out of round or has a bubble between the tread and the belts or the bead rolled on the rim. We did these before looking at the more expensive possibilities.

Of course you can always take the wheel into a shop that can spin balance the wheel. But where's the fun in that?

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You probably missed my last post, but it's fine now.
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I was getting a maddening constant squeaking from the belt above 10-15mph that would not go away. Had the belt re-aligned two times, that didn't get rid of it or change it. Finally a mechanic a friend of mine goes to told me to spray some dry teflon on the belt, got the following stuff from lowe's, sprayed it on and haven't heard a sound since.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_213197-39963...0051&langId=-1
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My father had the same problem with his bike. And when we looked at the drive belt it had moved a bit over to the right. So we just had to align the wheel a bit, and the sound disappeared
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