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318v8 Ram - Drove through water now the belt squeeks...

Intense rain on mountainous city streets creates small rivers that fully submerge the far lanes on both sides of the road. “CARS” in no way could drive in these far lanes. I drive a 95 Dodge Ram 318ci V8 so of course I felt OBLIGATED to leave the dry lanes for the cars and drive in the gutter (The spray of water that went above the top of my truck cab had nothing to do with my decision). I was courteous about it though; I checked often to make sure other cars were well beyond “spray distance”.
Anywho, check engine light came on so I exited the “river” and the light immediately went off. However, my serpentine belt (I assume) began to squeel. The noise increases with the throttle and almost dies off at idle speeds. I left it be, figuring it was simply a wet belt and that it would dry off and be silenced. Nope. It’s been long enough (24 hours or so) to dry but the squeel remains. Oh, and as much as I love trucks and engines… I must admit I am perfectly ignorant under the hood. Do I tighten the belt to probably fix this? If so do I just pull the alternator out farther and tighten the bolts to hold it down or is there an actual pulley on my truck that I must find to do this job? Or am I just hosed and have to actually spend money on something?

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Well this truck has a spring loaded tensioner. There's nothing you can adjust. I'd check the battery to make sure it's at full charge. If it is then something is binding,like the a/c compressor or something causing the problem.

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