Re: Exremly Loud Squeal
When my Ranger (2000 3.0L 4wd) had a squeal, I chased it around for about a year. I went through about 6 idler pulleys, a few tensioners, a few different brands of belts, an alternator, water pump, and power steering pump. The squeak was still there after all of this. I read on some shady mechanic website that Gates tensioner pulleys fix the problem. I was skeptical but desperate. I bought one, put it on, and haven't had too big of a problem with it since. It still chirps when there is a high moisture outside, but only temporarily. It cost me about 60 dollars and took an hour to install. The install would've been shorter but I didn't have the right tools at the time. Give it a shot. I will only buy Gates brand pulleys from now on because of this.