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2008 avenger,4cyl Engine rattles, oil change did not help. It also seemed to be shifting later so did a tune up and had the trans. flushed. 100000 so it was time. Motor almost seems to howl, but is running great.

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  • rk_bells May 20, 2011

    Thanks sweeshitz you were dead on. These altenators have a clutch attached to the nose and that is what is making the noise. My 08 avenger sounded like it was ready or had dumped a valve. After reading your post I did the stethscope on it with a piece of hose and sure enough that was it. Of course you can:t just buy the clutch. New altenator 220 after core and good as new.

  • mrplaser Mar 16, 2014

    The noise is actually from the "decoupler pulley" on the front of the alternator. The part is available online for around $45. I got mine from Auto Parts and Stuff. Gates p/n 37018P $44.89 plus shipping. Search YouTube for a video titled "2008 Dodge Avenger engine noise fix Alternator "decoupler pulley".

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My engine rattled and i had the same things done, the oil change and tune up because i had 83000 miles. That didn't fix the problem and after spending $120 the mechanic said it was the alternator because there was some build up on the side of it which he said is a way to figure out if its going bad or not. Anyway this cost me almost $700 to fix now the rattling noise is gone and all is good. The mechanic said that it was ok to continue driving the car but if the alternator went completely out be prepaid to have it towed once your battery charge is gone.
Just a 2008 Dodge Avenger owner for over 3years now.

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Testimonial: "Thanks, you were dead on. Listened with a piece of hose and isolated to altenator. These altenators have a clutch on the nose and thats what goes bad."

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The noise is actually from the "decoupler pulley" on the front of the alternator. The part is available online for around $45. I got mine from Auto Parts and Stuff. Gates p/n 37018P $44.89 plus shipping. Search YouTube for a video titled "2008 Dodge Avenger engine noise fix Alternator "decoupler pulley". If you want to save some money, and the alternator tests as good you may want to try this.

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