Squeak noise when park or when it is idling sometimes accelerating

  • 2001 DODGE RAM
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • 101,000 MILES
I have narrowed it down to the belt area and I think it is the A/C compressor. I have topped off the oil (i need a oil change but moneys tight). I have topped off all liquids so it is not that. It is only happening when my truck is in park or when it is idling it sometimes does it when I'm accelerating. I need some help figuring it out because I don't want to spend money to have it looked at and be something I could have done my self in a weekend and a case of beer you know? Lol
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Friday, November 8th, 2019 AT 2:57 PM

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If you suspect a belt is squealing, with the engine idling, dribble a little water on the smooth backside of it. If the noise changes, one of the pulleys is likely tipped or turned due to a worn bearing. Most commonly that is caused by the spring-loaded tensioner pulley or an idler pulley. The squeal comes from the belt sliding across the tipped pulley as it goes around it, or the next pulley. It only takes 1/16" sliding sideways to set up a horrendous squeal.

If the noise doesn't change, it is possible the spring-loaded tensioner pulley is rusted tight and is failing to put the belt under proper tension. With the engine off, find a place where you can tug on the belt to force the tensioner arm to pivot. It should take pretty good force to do that, then observe if the arm moves back smoothly to take up the slack as you release the belt.

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and let me know what you find, then we'll figure out where to go next.
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Friday, November 8th, 2019 AT 5:36 PM

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