1995 Dodge Ram Belt Squealing

  • 1995 DODGE RAM
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 206,000 MILES
1995 Ram 2x4, 5.9L, Auto Trans. Had belt squeal, started off innocent enough a month or so ago. Replaced the belt, squeal didn't go away. Started getting much worse, squealing all of the time, replace the belt tensioner, squealing didn't stop. Had the water pump replaced, squealing is quieter but still there. I used a dremel with a rubber ended bit to spin each pulley at a high RPM, (crank and water pump aside) and none of them made any noise. None of them (except PS, which moves slightly in and out and had a tad more resistance than the others) have any wobble or play. If I run it without the belt (only for a few seconds obviously) it makes no noise. If I used WD40 or something like that it stops for a short time. I'm desperate to figure out what it is, any help is greatly appreciated.
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Saturday, March 27th, 2010 AT 10:50 PM

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Same problem here.95 ram 2500.88k.100%not the belt. Truck was overheating when I bought it. No squeal. I changed the thermostat, no squeal, but still fluctuating temperature. Got it home, fluched the entire coolant system, no squeal. Then replaced the water pump to be sure. I figured I may as well replace the belt while im at it, so I did. Started her up and she warmed up just fine and diddnt overheat anymore. That was good, but now it was squealing like crazy. Sounded more mechanical. But I figured it was just some excess coolant on the the new belt. I degreased and pressure washed entire engine, paying special attention to belt/pulleys, and it was still squealing. Sounded more like a bad bearing in the tensioner or idler pulleys, so I replaced the entire tensioner assembly, and the idler pulley. Much to my disbelief, it was still @#*$#! Squealing! So now im running out things to replace. The sound is so loud, yet so close to evrything. I took the fan off to see if maybe it was the fan clutch. Started it. Still squeals. So I swapped the alternator. Started it. Still squeals? Im about to do the power steering pump. Let me know what u think. Similiar though?
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