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In my 03 ram with a 4.7 L engine. when i hit a water puddle my alternator gauge will drop to no charge the a few seconds later the belt will squeal and the gauge will come back up. And now that i had a power steering issue and i got fluid all over my engine my alternator will not charge at all. i dunno what to do !

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Belt is slipping because of wear or loose tension. Now it is contaminated with power steering fluid it needs a new belt. Clean the all the pulleys it runs on first.

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