I ran the engine without the belt. All was quiet. No squeal at all. The alternator pulley spins smoothly and freely.
Originally Posted by Rolldogg
Save yourself the headache and just swap out the belt with a Gatorback. That just might be the answer you're looking for.
It wasn't, but it helped just a little bit. I knew at some point somebody would throw that out. I searched through old threads and gathered that the belt alone is a common problem. The way I see it, it's like cranking up the stereo so you don't have to listen to engine's rod knock as you're driving down the road (in some cases). Something else is causing the squeal and I need to find it. The clutch is the only other part needing attention. I did buy a Gatorback and installed it. Most of the squealing is gone, but it's still there at start-up and slow driving speeds.
I attempted to change the fan clutch and couldn't get the original one off. The hub on the new one is a diffent size. The old one needs a 7/8 wrench while the new one needs a 36mm fan clutch tool for turning.
I tried a strap wrench, but that didn't work. It was too worn out so I'll have to buy my own. I think a new strap wrench will work.
In the Haynes manual they show this in use to get keep the pulley from turning, but I couldn't find where to place on mine to keep my pulley from turning (again I should have known better than to get that crap manual out).
The NAPA replacement is made in USA.
The Torqflo brand from Autozone is made in China. I took it back the moment I took it out of the box and saw the stamp.