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1998 Dodge Carvane 3.0 belt brakeing.

A/C Cools great, compressor turn free ingaged by hand, bearing is good, have cleaned all bullys, has gone through 5 belts in the last 4 weeks, at high RPM will ripe new belt in half. Almost like some presure releaf vale is not working.

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I would also check the belt tensioner, it could cause the belt to get misaligned. When the a/c is on, there is more pressure on the belt & tensioner.

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1998 Dodge 1500 5.9L, running rough, no power, does not do this all the time..


I had a similar problem on a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 engine.
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary except that occasionally the engine would run rough. Another seemingly unrelated symptom was that when shifting out of Park the transmission would sometimes jolt.

Turns out that I had a bearing on the serpentine belt tensioner that was freezing up. My belt broke and while I was changing the belt the pully on the tensioner fell into my hand. The bearing had seized and the plastic hub had disintegrated. After getting the new tensioner and belt. I noticed that the rough engine and the hard shifting transmission problems have gone away.

Seems that the engine was having to work harder to overcome the bad bearing.


Another cause of rough engines comes from dirty fuel injectors. The best solution I have run across is Chevron's Techron fuel additive. I had a honda Prelude that had a rough running engine. The Honda technician advised me to start adding Techron when I fill up. Worked like a charm. After the second tank I had no more problems. I have tried other fuel additives over the years, but Techron seems to be the best.

Also be sure to change your fuel filter. A dirty fuel filter will cause a noticeable drop in power.





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Belt broke in expedition ac compresser locked


If the compressor is locked and the belt is turning free on the pulley your good if the the clutch is bad to then you can't get by with just a bely just take your hand and see if the pulley turns free if it does your good to go with just the belt.

Aug 03, 2012 | 1998 Ford Expedition

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When I turn on the air conditioning it squeeks very loud. I just put in new belts. A friend said the tension is goon. How do I know if the compressor is bad


  • I would start with a can or brake clean and spray some of that on your belt as it is turning and see if there is some dirt on the belt making it squeal.
  • It can be a week tensioner. You can look with a flashlight as the belt is turning to see if you see the tension pulley is popping up and loosing tension.
  • While there with the flashlight make sure the belt is running strait.
  • A couple ways to know if the compressor is bad. First you will hear it squeal real bad or grind real bad ans you run the AC. This is an indicator of the bearings gone bad. You can also remove the belt and just give the compressor pulley a few spins. It should spin free with no hang ups or noises.
  • I would suggest that while the belt is off you spin all the pulleys to see if they spin free without any noises. Naturally the crank won't spin by hand but all the others should.
  • Also keep in mind that on rare occasions even a new belt can be bad and another new one will be needed.

  • Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa.

Regards, Tony

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2001 dodge stratus air conditioning compressor failed bearings gone can i bypass system with a different belt


you can but it is a lot of work. many pulley changes bracket changes. you have to find the same engine that does not have AC and take all needed parts off of that. it is not worth it. consider just going to a salvage yard and getting a used compressor. it doesnt even have to work, it just has to have good bearings. it would be a lot less work going this route. any questions, reply back

Feb 12, 2011 | Dodge Stratus Cars & Trucks

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The serpentine belt went out of its place


Hi, Have you checked your pulleys to make sure all are turning freely, and idler pulley center bearing not gone out .Take your hand and see if it has alot of movement in it like up & down or side to side , do the same thing to water pump they are bad about the bearing going out on pump. This will throw your belt off . If i can help you anymore feel free to re post.
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I have a 1998 Dodge Dakota 4x4, I notice a noise when turning.


You need to check your brakes ASAP. You may have metal on metal on your front pads. You may have a bearing problem if the brakes are in good shape. But check it out as soon as you can to prevent further damage.

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Air conditioner cools but pulley skeals and breaks belt what could it be?


Make sure the compressor has enough oil in it. I hope it is not in the brink of being damaged. It could also be a case of the belt not tight enough provided it was installed properly. The last thing I can think of is the bearing within the compressor is defective. When the belt is off try turning the compressor by hand back and fort to determine if the bearing is bad.

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Two days after I had a new starter installed in my 02 durango, the A/C quit and there was a loud "blower" noise coming from the engine compartment. I lifted the hood and the noise was from the serpentine...


It sounds like the a/c compressor bearnig has gone bad and seized, but check the other pully bearing like the idler and tension bearing just to eleiminate the other bearing for failure. Good luck and keep me posted. If it is the compressor bearing that went bad, you can remove the a/c compressor and buy a serpintine belt that is smaller for your dodge without the a/c compressor. Make sure you know the routing of the belt without the compressor. Good luck and keep me posted. 

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98 Dodge Avenger Engine Noise


I can not really find much information due to lack of information so the best I could do is the following.


1 Inspect Engine Oil Capacity Low engine oil level grey_line.gif 2 Inspect Water Pump Main shaft seal on water pump has failed causing shaft to squeel or grind. grey_line.gif 3 Inspect Main Bearing - Engine Worn or damaged main bearing grey_line.gif 4 Inspect Alternator Faulty alternator armature or bearings. grey_line.gif 5 Inspect Flywheel - Automatic Transmission Loose or improperly torqued flywheel. grey_line.gif 6 Inspect A/C Clutch A/C compressor clutch bearing worn or damaged grey_line.gif 7 Inspect Transmission Fluid Capacity Incorrect transmission fluid level
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