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dodgev6guy
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1/11/2005
17:36:25

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Oh boy, now another noise. This time, a constant squeaking noise that I can't pinpoint. 97 Dak. V-6 2 wheel drv. Upon start-up I had a squeaking noise that sounded like the serpentine belt. Checked it, didn't seem too bad, but replaced it anyway. Squeak went away for about a month, then came back. Noise gets worse when truck is in reverse, especially when in reverse, but brakes are pressed. Any ideas?? Could it be the tensioner is just worn? 130,000 miles on the truck.



93dak4x4
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1/11/2005
21:46:22

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try your u-joints, my friend had the same problem, worse in reverse. but it didnt sound like it was under the hood



dodgev6guy
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1/11/2005
22:28:16

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93dak, thanks, but I just replaced them a couple of months ago. This noise gets worse when I'm not even moving in reverse, just in gear with foot on the brake. It's definately coming from under the hood somewhere.



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1/11/2005
23:56:21

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dodgev6guy,
It you have replaced the bell and the squeak is back it's definitely your belt tensioner, replace it.

92 and 97 Daks both with many mods.

dodgev6guy
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1/12/2005
06:57:04

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Thanks wadak, I'll give that a try this weekend.



Crashman1001
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1/14/2005
20:46:50

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I had the exact same problem with my 99 v6, I just relplaced the tensioner assy and that was it. The part runs 77 or 67 bucks, I dont remember. Its not a hard job. Good luck.



Tommy
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1/15/2005
06:48:45

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Ive had the same proble. It was 2 things. The bushing where the spring is on the tensioner was stuck so i took it apart and cleaned it. Then the front bearing on the alt start squeaking so i took the alt apart and cleand up the bushings on it. Works like new now. Saved money from not haveing to buy any parts.



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1/15/2005
10:27:02

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Yeah I have the same problem with my 95 V6...Where is can pick up a new tensioner assy?



justin
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1/23/2011
19:10:30

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I have the same problem but mine still
maken noise but its not in gear. I have
changed all pulleys but the crank
pulley. I changed belt to with napa best
one. Idk wat to do. Any ideas? P.s.
seems like it only does it wen its cold
outside.



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1/23/2011
19:17:16

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O yeah it sounds like its coming from the crank pulley or in
that area. Doesn't sound like a grinding its more like chrip or
squealing but its a rythme thing not constant



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1/24/2011
08:19:43

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If you changed the belt tensioner and the idler pulley (which caused squealing in mine), then I'd look at the harmonic balancer, see if it wobbles at idle. Mine wobbled about 1/4" out of its plane. Leaving it like that can wear out the crank bearings eventually.



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1/24/2011
11:58:27

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i check the balancer has no play in it. i look at it while idle and it looks like it is wobbles but then it dont. i dont know it my eyes are playin tricks on me lol. but i just got done cleaning crankshaft pully was pretty dirty plus i went back to napa to get new belt cuz the belt i bought was on it before i startd to fix all pulleys. i was thinkn belt got messed up again cuz the stress of a bad pulley. so far it quit but i guess have to wait to break in new belt to see. thanks bob



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