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squeeking pulley...

ive got a terrible squeek coming from my pulleys/belt.... i replaced the belt in october and its only seen 4000 miles so im guessing that the belt isnt the cuplrite and thinking that its a pulley....

anything to use to stop the pulleys from squeeking? it does it mostly in the rain but will do it on and off even if its a bone dry outside...
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could be your idler pulley. thats an easy swap.
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any idea on a price?
if the name is the purpose it makes sense because its only when idling lol...
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cant remember the exact figure, but its just a few bucks. maybe 15 at the highest. definitely worth it to kill the squeakage. autozone has it.
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i have the same problem but there for a while it would squel all the time so i asked the rf and here's the link as to what happened


https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=17986
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Easy way to check would be get some greese like axel or something very slippery, put it on the belt in various spots and then run it. If there is no squeeking then its ur belt, but if it still squeeks its a pully.
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noooo, grease/oil makes the rubber of the belt swell and then it sticks like crazy... i know its my pulley becasue its only when it rains or is humid
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I had that same problem so I took it to Ford (under warranty) and they fixed it. They said it had something to do with the tennsioner and the idler or something like that.
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this is usually caused by a worn tensioner. only a few bucks and an easy change
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any links to this tensoner? because it rained today and im finally gunna go get a new pulley but not if its not gunna fix itl...
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I might be due for a new belt tensioner as well.. Almost every morning, it squeaks for a few seconds till the engine warms up, oh and if I go through a puddle and it gets the belt wet, damn it will be squeaking all day! lol
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you can get the tensioner from your local auto parts store, after a while the spring inside gets worn out and it does not hold the belt as tight as it should be. ive never seen one on a domestic truck cost more than about $70, and its a pretty easy install, remove the belt, the tensioner has one bolt on it.
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Plain and simple......you can get the Gatorback belt, replace the tensioner pulley and the idler pulley....but it will still come back.

I've done it all and it's good for awhile, but it will still squeel for a few minutes when it's rainy or humid. Like this morning, it was raining, and it squeeled for 5 minutes, then it went away.

Gotta be a Ranger thing, because they all do it here. LOL

The saving grace is that Gatorback belt. At least going through puddles and mud doesn't make it squeel anymore.
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Plain and simple......you can get the Gatorback belt, replace the tensioner pulley and the idler pulley....but it will still come back.

I've done it all and it's good for awhile, but it will still squeel for a few minutes when it's rainy or humid. Like this morning, it was raining, and it squeeled for 5 minutes, then it went away.

Gotta be a Ranger thing, because they all do it here. LOL

The saving grace is that Gatorback belt. At least going through puddles and mud doesn't make it squeel anymore.

i am convinced there is no fix for it
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well i just installed a new idler pulley and when i was checking out my old one, the bearings had become very loose and i could hear then rattling around so im almost possitive that thats that it was....


and its not a 5 min squeek untill the truck warms up, i drove 12 miles to work at 70mph and it still sqeeked when i was at work... and when i replaced the pulley checked out the belt and there were any cracks at all on it...
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Did you check other pulleys.. alt,a/c etc..? If you spin all the pullys while the belt is off it sometimes narrows down the sqeel. Alternator is a common bearing to go out.
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rps had a sticky on this (cant find it anymore) but what they said that the tensioner pulley is out of alignment with the other pulleys.
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My truck squeaks pretty bad too, not just at idle. It's in short term storage now, so after 4 months of sitting I'll be interested to see if anything changes. Hopefully not for the worst!!
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General rule of thumb, if it's moist outside when its noisy, it's the belt.

If its constant, its probably a bad pulley bearing.

Idler pulley runs about $18 and the tensioner pulley is about the same, but the entire tensioner is about $70 (comes with a new pulley).

My tensioner pulley went out with a LOT of warning, which I ignored. Truck left me on the side of the road with a completely shredded belt and the bad tensioner pulley bearing took some of the tensioner's metal with it (badly gouged), so I had to replace the tensioner.
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General rule of thumb, if it's moist outside when its noisy, it's the belt.

If its constant, its probably a bad pulley bearing.

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take a straight edge and check the alignment of the tensioner pulley you might have to make a shim for it
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yea well it wasnt the pulley, so now im jsut trying to brib my parents to get be a gatorback since i wasted 20$ on a worthless pulley
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