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alfonso318 11-28-2010 01:25 AM

UnGodly Squeaking
Been doing a few replacement of parts surrounding the serpentine belt...replaced the water pump recently and the ac unit and we replaced the belt tensioner today but there still is a crazy amount of squeaking going on! We flushed the coolant and rinsed a bit with water and that seemed to induce more squeaking but then we added a lil WD40 and that seemed to help but only momentarily...we added some belt dressing and that helped but i'm not convinced that its fixed...we checked all pullys and they are either brandnew or in good working condition...any ideas or thoughts?

Toms Blue Ram 1500 11-28-2010 08:22 AM

Even though you may have a new belt , try another one , maybe even a different manufacturer .

CajunDodge 11-28-2010 08:36 AM

That's a good start ^^^^ but just as a rule of thumb, WD-40 and rubber products don't get along too well. I am NOT a mechanic, but I have fought with, and I agree with your description, god awful squeak. Try another belt as Tom recommended and see if that doesn't help, just make sure you have the correct amount of tension. In my case, I had replaced the P/S pump/pulley, idler pulley, water pump, crankshaft pulley (these were wear and tear items, I wasn't just throwing parts at my car as it was over 15 years old at the time lol) and even another belt still to no avail. Come to find out, I didn't get my P/S pulley seated back as far as it should have been, wasn't off but by a hair lol, but putting a laser light on it revealed the problem, adjusted it and no more squeak! Having a mechanic's stethoscope is also handy in isolating the noise, too. Good luck!

- Cajun

Toms Blue Ram 1500 11-28-2010 08:45 AM

Also make sure the grooves in the pulley are clear and clean of any debris . I have issues with belt squeal on my trucks at work (due to the environment) and ocassionally I need to clean out the pulley grooves of debris .

alfonso318 11-29-2010 09:59 AM

any suggestions on what to use or not use for that? Wire brush? Towel? Thanks for the help

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