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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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you sure its the belt, and not maybe a bearing in the alternator? i had the alternator go in my 98, squealed like hell and it changed pitch depending on how many electrical accessories i was running at the time.

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get some WD-40 or another lubricant and hit one pulley at a time.... if it goes away, then its that pulley. If it doesn't go away then try another pulley. Very easy and effective.
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Im sure its the belt, and not the alternator.
I just got some WD-40 and sprayed it on the power steering pulley and the noise completely went away , but came back when I started driving. How do I tighten the power steering pully?
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you replace the pulley. If it goes away when you spray it then comes back, its that pulley. Its not a matter of tightening it up or anything, its the bearing. any of the pulleys that have a bad bearing will knock the belt out of alignment and make the belt wear faster and squeak. No "easy" way to make this go away. You can change the belt every week and the main problem won't be solved.
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how do I take off the power steering pulley?
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how do I take off the power steering pulley?
you need to use a puller. and when my buddy did this on his 00 kota, they needed to know the shaft diameter, i guess there are 2 different sizes??? not sure what years that applies to, tho.

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damn where do I get the puller? What does it look like?
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damn where do I get the puller? What does it look like?
you may be able to just use a 2 or 3 jaw puller, they're like $25 at any auto parts store. double check first tho if you can in fact use one. i wasnt around when my buddy did his, so i dont know how he got his off for sure.

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damn so Im guessing I have to take off the pump
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damn so Im guessing I have to take off the pump
just see if you can buy the entire unit, pump and pulley together. if you can, just replace the whole thing and be done with it.

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