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Old 08-05-2012, 02:28 PM
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Default 5.9 "Chirping" when cold

New to this forum but not to Rams or forums. I tried search but couldn't get results..

1996 Ram 1500 5.9 V8 130k miles

In the morning(always but usually the only time) when I start up it starts chirping. I can't pin-point exactly where it is coming from. It increases with engine speed until normal operating temp is reached. Chirps when idle/drive/park/neutral. I know it is coming from the front.

I replaced the Auto-Tensioner and belt; Fixed for a few days... Also, I just fixed a leaky coolant temp sensor. The chirping got much worse when the leak progressed but always went away once warm. This morning I also noticed the power steering fluid was a bit low this morning so I topped it off(after warm).
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I'd be willing to bet that it's the idler pulley. You can try spraying some penetrating oil in the back. It's a sealed bearing so chances are you won't get much in there but you will get some in there if the bearing is going bad. It's only going to help for a few minutes but should be enough to make a determination.
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That was my next guess. I will give it a go because I've had a few do the same thing. They just never did it until warm then went away.
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That was my next guess. I will give it a go because I've had a few do the same thing. They just never did it until warm then went away.
They can be "odd" like u-joints. They'll make noise when they're cold but once they warm up the bearings (and what's left of 'em) makes an almost graphite like paste and they quiet down...doesn't mean they're gettin' any better though
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Okay! I got it. It was the water pump pulley. Not a bad pulley but VERY dirty. Where the old worn out belt had sat and made its home for who knows how long. There was some gummy nasty dirt. Also probably from my leaky sensor. I wire wheeled from my dremel and polished it as well. NO MORE SQUEAK!! For now. The morning will test. It was really bad today at high rpm. The drive I just took it on had ZERO squeal.
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Thanks for posting your solution.
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HAHA WOOT!!

Update: The Squeak is still present although much MUCH less pronounced. I am going to purchase another belt just to make sure. The slipping may have caused irreparable damage to the current as to why it is still slightly
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I have a 98 Grand Cherokee limited with 5.2 engine and its been doing this for years now. Its something to do with the belt and pulleys. If the air conditioning compressor kicks on the chirping stops. I have tried using one of those little stainless brushes on the pulleys and it helps but the next morning especially if its humid starts it all over again. Like rust forms over night on the pulley just like on the rotors making it chirp again. I just let it go and try not to hear it. If I didn't have so much to do right now I would start looking for the cause again.

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Cheap belts don't help. I've had good luck with the Goodyear Gatorbacks when all else fails.
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My ram had sat up for a while when i baught it and it was doing the same thing. Only when cold and all. But after driving for a coulpe of weeks it went away and never returned.
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