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Recently replaced Serpintine belt. Truck squeals

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.

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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."

  • jwal446 Feb 11, 2014

    One other thing you can do to pin-point the problem is remove the serpentine belt and start and let the engine idle(no more than a minute or two so it don't hurt anything) If no noise it is probably upfront if you have a noise most likely in clutch.


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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).

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