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2002 dodge ram 1500 4 7 liter belt makes squeaking noises and feels like its loose Is there any way to tighten

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1st check that your belt is installed correctly (look at diagram underside of your hood and compare) and is centered on all pulleys/wheels. Then, check your belt tensioner. Make sure the spring inside is good and tight and gives plenty of resistance when you lift it with the male end of your socket wrench. There is a square hole that perfectly matches the male end of your wrench. If that is not OK, replace it. If it is OK, I would would then try a new belt. Install according to the diagram I mentioned earlier, but before actually installing it, try to spin all the wheels in the serpentine system. The wheels are the ones without any gooves in them. They should all spin freely without any resistance at all. (Think of new skateboard wheels). If any of them are sticky or offer any resitance, replace them accordingly. Also, while the belt is off, check your components the belt service. Can you turn (using correct sized wrenches or your hands ) all of them clockwise?.The only one that will be difficult to turn would be the Crankshaft/Balancer (biggest one and usually the most bottom one- might disconnect the negative terminal on your battery first!). Your Air Conditioner, your alternator, Power steering, water pump, etc. should all turn fairly easily. If they dont, the that component might be the squeaker culprit. That component may be on its way out. Good luck.

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