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Old 03-29-2012, 05:40 PM
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(This was the prior post: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/dodge-ca...e-caravan.html)

About two months ago we had a sound under the hood, it lasted a few weeks maybe, but just started to come back again. Would it possibly be a serpentine belt? There's a video on the old post of the sound, but it's much more louder now, I'd call it a high pitched whine, maybe a little hollow?

Is it dangerous to run it until the belt goes bad, or could we be doing damage by still running the vehicle and should get it checked out asap? The only place around here is Pepboys and they're expensive.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:19 AM
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The noise is just annoying, probably not causing any damage. Make sure the cowl drain tube is connected on the passenger side, water leaking from there onto the belt can cause it to whine also.
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(This was the prior post: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/dodge-ca...e-caravan.html)

About two months ago we had a sound under the hood, it lasted a few weeks maybe, but just started to come back again. Would it possibly be a serpentine belt? There's a video on the old post of the sound, but it's much more louder now, I'd call it a high pitched whine, maybe a little hollow?

Is it dangerous to run it until the belt goes bad, or could we be doing damage by still running the vehicle and should get it checked out asap? The only place around here is Pepboys and they're expensive.
Any auto repair shop should be able to replace a serpentine belt. It's a fairly easy job.

High pitched whine could be something else, like a worn alternator or tensioner bearing. A good Mechanic should be able to pin point the source of the noise using a stethoscope. Do you do any repair work yourself?

Any possibility it's a power steering whine? Do you hear it once up to speed?
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Any auto repair shop should be able to replace a serpentine belt. It's a fairly easy job.

High pitched whine could be something else, like a worn alternator or tensioner bearing. A good Mechanic should be able to pin point the source of the noise using a stethoscope. Do you do any repair work yourself?

Any possibility it's a power steering whine? Do you hear it once up to speed?
I don't do any repair work myself, I'm pretty useless when it comes to car stuff. The sound's still there once we're up to highway speeds, though, the road noise seems to drown it out.

When we're accelerating, it seems to get slightly louder as if's because we're speeding up, but then maintains the sound throughout the drive. It use to "die out" in terms of sound, but now it's just annoying and loud.
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Could be a bearing. It would be prudent to get the noise pin pointed as to source asap.
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Could be a bearing. It would be prudent to get the noise pin pointed as to source asap.
Are those expensive? I'm trying to hold off since we were going to get another used car and get rid of this one since the mileage is like 225k, but every time we're close to being able to afford something, another problem comes up and it's always 400+ when we take it in.
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Depends. Won't know until the source of the noise is located. A breakdown on the road will cost though.
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Since it's much louder now than it was last time (January) I've taken another video, though keep in mind it's also in a garage so there's an echo.

http://tinypic.com/r/nqo26u/5
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I'm gonna take the vehicle in tomorrow, since the sound is pretty bad as seen in the video. Any ideas if it is likely causing damage though?
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My guess is the tensioner bearing but they should be able to determine the source in less than 5 minutes and may not even charge you for that.
For parts, one option is to get the parts yourself, hopefully at a savings, and have someone do the installation.
Labor should be in the order of one hour say for an alternator, two hours max for say a power steering pump.
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My guess is the tensioner bearing but they should be able to determine the source in less than 5 minutes and may not even charge you for that.
For parts, one option is to get the parts yourself, hopefully at a savings, and have someone do the installation.
Labor should be in the order of one hour say for an alternator, two hours max for say a power steering pump.
If it is the tensioner bearing, how much should I be looking at so I can get an idea if they tell us a price on it? Thanks so much.

Sadly I don't really know any mechanics up here, moved 4 yrs ago and regret it mechanically every day there's an issue.
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If it is the tensioner bearing, how much should I be looking at so I can get an idea if they tell us a price on it? Thanks so much.

Sadly I don't really know any mechanics up here, moved 4 yrs ago and regret it mechanically every day there's an issue.
Rough prices. What year and engine?
- belt tensioner: $60 - $90
- idler pulley: $40 - $80
- alternator: $300 - $400
- power steering pump: $100 +/-
Take a look here for prices: http://www.1aauto.com/
The tensioner was a wild guess, could be idler pulley, could be some other component, hopefully not compressor for air conditioning.
Good luck.
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Rough prices. What year and engine?
- belt tensioner: $60 - $90
- idler pulley: $40 - $80
- alternator: $300 - $400
- power steering pump: $100 +/-
Take a look here for prices: http://www.1aauto.com/
The tensioner was a wild guess, could be idler pulley, could be some other component, hopefully not compressor for air conditioning.
Good luck.
It's a 1996, not sure on engine but i'd guess 3.0? No AC connected so don't think it's the compressor for AC. I assume those are parts, do you know how many hours an idler pulley or belt tensioner would be?
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It's a 1996, not sure on engine but i'd guess 3.0? No AC connected so don't think it's the compressor for AC. I assume those are parts, do you know how many hours an idler pulley or belt tensioner would be?
1 hr. should do it for each, could be less by a little.
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1 hr. should do it for each, could be less by a little.
Cool, sounds like $200 then if I'm lucky. I'm still holding my guess to $400 though, seems like no matter what the bill is $400 to $800 every time. I might hold off until tomorrow on taking it in since I'm suppose to look at a 2000 Corolla with 127k miles today.

Just needed the Dodge to last another month, but apparently it was alot to ask of it.
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Do you know how dangerous it would be to drive the vehicle with the sound like that? is it just an annoyance, or could it do real damage to the vehicle? It started about Wednesday, I'd like to stretch it out though as long as it's just driving to & from work (14 miles total) so I can try to get a used vehicle rather than fix it.
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If it is the serpentine belt that is whining, a quick way to find out is to run a bar of soap and put a light coating on the belt as your caravan is running.

If it is the belt, the whine usually goes away. I had mine starting to whine about 4-5 months ago, and the bar of soap did the trick.
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Just did alternator, belt, tensioner, and idler pulley on an '06 with new parts.

Factory alternator w/clutch pulley - $200 on Ebay from a Dodge dealer
Dayco belt tensioner - $40-50
Belt - $51 and change at Dodge dealership
Idler pulley - $15, Advance Auto.

Labor for all in the backyard was 1.5 hours. Wasn't in any hurry or it could have been quicker!
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