I am not a mechanic by trade. I am a fledgling amateur at working on vehicles. I have had many vehicles and have worked on all of them (sometimes it didn't work out). I usually change all my fluids and can usually perform any work outside of a full engine pull. But I have pulled and rebuilt a manual transmission once.
I have a blue 2001 ford ranger 4.0L (vin E of course!) extended cab automatic XLT step side with about 120,000 miles. And I love it! I come from a Ford factory family but don't batt an eye at other vehicles.
I have a major squeaking problem presently. At first I thought that this is was a serpentine belt problem, but now I'm not so sure. At first the problem was that it would squeak only when it was wet. Then it was it would only squeak when I first started it up but when it warmed up it would go away. And after a while it started squeaking all the time. funny thing about it is that the squeaking would get louder as I step on the accelerator.
I have a Haynes manual and two ford motor company repair manuals. I should have a Chiltons manual within the week.
As I said, at first I thought it was a serpentine belt problem but then over time I have replaced the following: the belt, the idler pulley, the tensioner pulley, the water pump, the alternator, the power steering pump, then the serpentine belt again, and the full tensioner assembly.
Although, I will have to say that through my eyeball method it seems as though that the pulleys are aligned. But if anyone can send me a full proof dumbed down way of making sure that the pulleys are correct I would appreciate it. I saw no wobbling or ridiculous movement of the belt or pulleys.
In between belt changes I have tested the belt with spraying water on the belt and then using belt conditioning spray with no positive results. Then I looked at some forums and I cleaned all of the pulleys with alcohol and a brush and cleaned the belt with mild detergent as a backup but replaced the belt brand new.
Although I have read the posts of the miracles of the gatorback brand belts. I don't really believe the hype that a belt could be made of materials so similar but different of other brands so that it doesn't make the infernal squeaking noise. Even though I am unsure of a particular make of belt I will still try it because in my mind I would like to ensure that I have weeded out all of the possibilities. So I will be receiving a belt within a week.
Also, I have checked the crankshaft pulley and it seems to be fine. There have been some posts of there being a malfunction where the pulley spins freely or where the hard plastic section moves towards the engine block.
I have looked up potential problems with the harmonic stabilizer/balancer and I have yet to find the reference in the Haynes or Ford motorcraft manuals. Also I have had a very hard time trying to find references, steps, and pictures on the internet for the replacement of this part. But I have found the part online. Also, I have found a section in the Ford motorcraft repair manual about a four bolt dampener; but I don't know where it is or if it could be the cause of my problem. If anyone could have some documentation about this part and could send it to me I would appreciate it.
Last edited by MarkD; 01-17-2011 at 01:14 PM.
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