Have an annoying squeaking noise from the engine bay of the 214 which is heard at low speeds. It's coming from the alternator as when I pulled the PAS belt it was still there and when I pulled the alternator belt it disappeared.
The alternator was rather corroded around the back (it's mounted quite low and no u/tray or protection) and the bearings felt & sounded a little rough so got a new one (Q-H) and fitted it today. Works fine but the noise is still there.
Two questions to Rover/K-Series experts out there (I am not one!):
Are these engines really fussy about belt tension? I was using the traditional flat belt method (as done with cambelts for years) of twisting the longest run through 90 degrees with moderate pressure was about right. I've left it slightly slack now as wondered if over-tightning was the issue.
Are these engines fussy about make of belt? (Mines a fairly new Dayco - never had problem with them yet). Odd thing to ask but my MX5 is noisy if you use a toothed V-belt but silent if you use a solid OE one (go figure) so clutching at straws a bit.
I can get and fit another belt if necess but don't want to waste time/money otherwise and will live with it as it's not the worst thing in the world.