Question about 1998 Dodge Dakota
I also replaced both idler pulleys. Squealing comes and goes. Under acceraltion, I notice a temporary decrease in the squeal. Also some variation of the squeal when pushing in the clutch or letting it out. Clutch, pressure plate and throw-out bearing were replaced about 5 years ago. Checked alternator, A/C and water pump with mechanic's stethiscope with negative results.
If your truck has a fan clutch check to see if it is good.
Posted on Feb 10, 2014
Testimonial: "Thanks jwal446. Yes, I have checked the fan, the alternator, the AC, and the water pump. I am leaning toward throw-out bearing. I had to replace the throw-out bearing, clutch and pressure plate about five years ago and the symptoms were different then, but I am still leaning toward the throw-out bearing. Thanks for your help."
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You didn't mention the alternator, power steering pump, or water pump. In fact, any pulley other than the crankshaft one can have a bad bearing or dry seal. Remove the belt and spin each pulley while listening for any rough noise or squeal. If it was the crankshaft, it might be time to check the oil. Start the engine with the belt off to see if it does squeal. Make sure the noise isn't coming from the radiator fan(s).
Posted on Nov 17, 2009
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