1994 Ford Ranger Serpentine Belt Squealing and Smoking

Tiny
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  • 1994 FORD RANGER
Noises problem
1994 Ford Ranger Automatic 97,000 miles


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Above is a picture of where the serpentine belt is getting caught and smoking. I need to know the cause of the problem, what parts would be needed, and how long it would take to repair.

This is my only vehicle and I am a college student. If the repair is over $450, I'm afraid I might have to buy another car since I have spent $1400 this year repairing the transmission and brakes, and getting new tires.
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 AT 3:52 PM

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Tiny
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The pulley may be out of alignement.
to have it done properly, a shop will do it right, i don't want you be angry because I refere you to someone else. ok :-)
how much it cost? depend where you live, call a shop and ask them how much pulley alignement cost.
But, if you need my help,
what you need to do is to align the pulley and attach the belts.
The pulley alignment may be tricky and require some time to get right. 1) Align the Power Steering pulley to the other pulley assemblies on the vehicle. In the picture, a wood alignment tool is being used. The far end of the alignmnet tool rests on the crankshaft pulley, and the near end is on the power steering pulley. Alignment is made with the power steering pulley puller and press. Adjust the power steering pulley until it is well in line with the crankshaft pulley. NOTE: Two things will likely happen if the pulleys are not in alignment. (1) The belts will wear more rapidly, and (2) belt noise will occur.( that what is happening to you vehicle)
put the belt on last.


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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 AT 4:29 PM
Tiny
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I think it might be the AC Compressor that has failed and is causing the belt to squeal. Is this possible?
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 AT 4:37 PM
Tiny
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The problem may be with pulley alignement or you just need to change your belt.
If the new belt makes noise and get caught after few days, your pulleys are out of alignement.

What you can do is to put a new belt and give a chance. It may solv the problem.
Let me know what happens after you put a new belt.
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 AT 4:50 PM
Tiny
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Here's my two cents:
The pulley you're showing looks like your AC compressor. Chances are it's locked up. A new compressor may run around $300-400 + installation (maybe around $150). I would shop around to find the best deal.
If you're lucky your problem is only the clutch, in which case you can replace it without opening the system (and it's cheaper).
Also, if your car has its original AC system, it may be made for R12 refrigerant. This refrigerant is no longer used, almost impossible to find, and very expensive.
If/when replacing the compressor, you may have to convert the system to R-134A refrigerant.

Hope this helps
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Friday, October 30th, 2009 AT 3:18 PM

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