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Old 12-08-2012
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I am: Todd Day
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Intermittent Belt Chirp 2000 Ranger XLT

Hey folks,

I've seen a few other posts similar to mine but figured I'd throw mine out there for consideration as well.

My truck: 2000 Ranger XLT 3.0

I'm getting an exceptionally irritating belt chirp that comes and goes in no apparent pattern that I can discern. It does it when it's cold, warm, hot, dry, wet, you name it. But never continuously. It will go a week with no chirp whatsoever, then I get in it one morning to drive to work, or in the afternoon on the way home, start her up and there it is.

Sometimes it will chirp the whole way to my destination, other times it stops after a few miles. I've tried to figure out where the chirp is originating .. thinking it might be related to a particular pulley .. still not 100% sure. Seems like it's loudest near the top of the motor, around the idler pulley. But again, it's hard to be certain.

I've changed belts twice this year and both times the chirping went away for a longer period of time but started back eventually. I'll admit I'm mostly a cheapo and buy aftermarket parts but never buy the cheapest ones. If there are 4 different belts at Autozone, say, I'll usually buy the one in the middle of the price range.

Ideas? Should I look into the Gatorback belts (Goodyear) I'm reading about or is there a chance it's the idler pulley or tensioner? Something out of alignment or needing tightening?

As far as DIY skills I'm say slightly better than shade tree mechanic. But definitely not highly skilled.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and this is a kick-*** forum!!

Peace ..

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Old 12-13-2012
I am: Nick Cardone
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I had the same issue with mine ,changed the idler first and a month later changed the tensioner noise gone .
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Old 12-16-2012
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I am: Adam Hanson
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I just got a 2002 Ranger with the same issue. I thought maybe it was the cold, but then I looked and it's still running the factory idler pulley. I'll swap it out, and put a new belt on it next month.
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Old 01-07-2013
I am: David .
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I had that same issue when I first bought my truck. I replaced it with a regular belt and still had the same issue... I was told that the 3.0 has a design flaw and that the idle pulley sometimes doesn't line up with the other pulleys 100% as it should (it can be just a hair off). I bought a gatorback belt and haven't had any problems since.
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