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Belt squeal when raise plow

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Mike scarfone, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Mike scarfone

    Mike scarfone Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    So my ram 2500 started making a squealing noise when I raise plow and sometimes at lower rams any ideas? I sprayed some belt conditioner on then and it seemed to work a little
     
  2. johnhenry1933

    johnhenry1933 Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    What belt?

    Usually a belt squeals because:
    1: the belt is worn or contaminated; or,
    2: the pulleys are out of alignment.
     
  3. johnnywaz

    johnnywaz Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    How old is the truck? I just sold a dakota recently that had a seized tensioner which caused the belt to slip when the alternator was under load. But was tight enough to keep belt from derailing.
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2016
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,612

    Get a new belt.
    When your replacing it.
    Look at the tensioner.
    Water pump
    Alt
    Give each a spin.
     
  5. Mike scarfone

    Mike scarfone Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    The truck is a 98 belt looks new
     
  6. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,099

    Check the tensioner .It needs to be oiled where the spring is . Mine did that last winter . Oll up the pivot and move it around till it loosens up so the spring can work.
     
  7. Mike scarfone

    Mike scarfone Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Where is this tensioner on engine located?
     
  8. johnnywaz

    johnnywaz Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    That's EXACTLY what I did on the dakota I had. Must be an older dodge vehicle thing. Mine was a 1999
     
  9. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,099

    Just under the alternator . Follow the belt . Put a wrench on the pulley Move it back on forth . Squirt some oil where it pivots until it frees up.
     
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,612

    It's the pulley with nothing attached to it.
    I think it's a 9/16 or a 5/8
    Whatever.on the passenger side.
    Use a wrench/socket and pull on it.
    The techioer will move allowing you to slip the belt off.

    It's the groves that get worn, and the back side glazed.
    You can't judge a serpentine belt by its looks.
     
  11. Mike scarfone

    Mike scarfone Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Just got done.Man that tensioner was jammed..Had to use all my strength to get it to move.It finally loosened.Oiled it.
     
  12. Mike scarfone

    Mike scarfone Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks for tips!!!
     
  13. johnnywaz

    johnnywaz Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Glad we could ALL help get it figured out for you. At least it was something fairly simple. Also thanks for posting back what it was.
     
  14. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Replace the belt. They are like 30 bucks. If it's the original it needs to be done.
     
  15. Mike scarfone

    Mike scarfone Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    It's not original it was installed about 4years ago I looked up on service record
     
  16. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,099

    Good to see you fixed it . Welcome to plowsite :waving:
     
  17. Mike scarfone

    Mike scarfone Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks!i appreciate it:mechanic: