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screaching when lifting plow?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by xtreem3d, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,547

    hi guys,
    i have a 97 ram, 360 gas motor that sometimes screaches as the plow (meyer e60) is lifted while plowing...it actually sounds like the belt squealing but i don't understand how that could happen...any idea's?
  2. Jack33

    Jack33 Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 22

    Sounds like it is your alternator cooking. It takes a lot of amps to lift the blade. Your pump may have issues like a bad ground or poor fluid....or your alternator is nearing the end of it's life.
  3. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,547

    so what is actually making the noise?

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,581

    Check the belt!!! Remove the belt from the truck and spin all the pullys. One might be a little tight or the spring tension on the idler pully might be weak / siezed or broken. When the pump from the plow demands more energy the alt has to work harder and is much harder to turn. This causes the belt to slip.