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post #1 of 58 Old 03-14-2010, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Squeaky Serpentine Belt

I just got a 1999 Dodge Durango, 5.9L V8 4x4. I love the truck alot, but the serpentine belt will not stop making noise. I bought it squealing just thinking it needed a new belt. I put a new belt on and it took care of the noise for 1 day and it came back, I put on new bearings on the idle pulley and the tensioner pulley , I also replaced the tensioner. It will not stop squealing, it happens when Im driving, at Idle all the time. Any suggestions?
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Is something leaking onto the belt somehow?

Sometimes running tire chalk on it will quieten down the belt...but is not exactly a 'safe' thing to do.

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x2 on the chalk. Crayon or soap works too.

When mine was squealing, crayon and soap would stop the squealing for a few minutes, though.

It took a new belt to fix it.
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go grab a gatorback belt. i guarentee it will not squeak. be ready to pay like 45 bucks tho

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gatorback belt? Is that a more durable belt? Where do you purchase them? I will try all options. I took it to a mechanic friend to see what he thinks, if he does not come up with a solution I will try a gatorback belt. I heard its not good to use belt dressing? Why so?
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Gatorback™ Poly-V Serpentine Belts With Quiet Channel Technology

http://www.goodyearep.com/productsdetail.aspx?id=3128

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gatorback belt? Is that a more durable belt? Where do you purchase them? I will try all options. I took it to a mechanic friend to see what he thinks, if he does not come up with a solution I will try a gatorback belt. I heard its not good to use belt dressing? Why so?

slips and a temp fixblkjak

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So I just got a call back from my buddy, its the power steering pump. Its leaky! I didnt even check the fluid. The pulley is loose and not flush so he is 99% sure thats whats causing the squeak. Can I get the gatorback belts from Napa?
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napa,autozone,any local parts store should have them

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Plus, it makes a HUGE mess.
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I was recommended Goodyear or Mopar original belt from this board for my 99 5,9. I couldn't find Goodyear around so I had to go to the stealer and pick up an original. Expensive, but worth every cent to get rid of that squealing noise.

Also check that your thermostat housing gasket is fine. Mine was rotted away and I had a small leak. It's possible some coolant could hit the belt.
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So I got the truck back yesterday, my buddy replaced the p/s pump and pulley and it was quiet as a mouse. Now on my way home from work it starts to squeal again. Whats the deal? Could it be the a/c compressor clutch?
Will a gatorback belt really work?
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my experience, throwing two belts because of squeaking noises; you get what you pay for here. Go for a quality brand!
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take the belt off and spin the pulleys by hand or even start the truck up for a second and see if you can isolate the noise...and put on a gatorback belt and it will not squeak

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My buddy just put a small amount of belt lube on it this morning and it hasnt been squealing all day. I dont know if its because of the lube or if the squeal finally just went away. I went to autozone today and bought a gatorback belt, so if it starts to squeal again I will put on the gatorback belt. It was expensive for sure.
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