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98 dodge neon - squealing

11-03-2009, 01:46 PM
I have a 98 Dodge Neon and have to deal with a squealing/sqeaking noise when the car starts up/idles, and when the AC/defrost is turned on in the vehicle. The belts are fairly new........is this problem related to the compressor?? I really don't want to spend a lot of cash fixing. Can I remove fuse or disable the AC belt?? What is remmended?? Thanks

Oldsmobile Doctor
11-03-2009, 02:30 PM
The power steering and AC belt has to be extremely tight it also is best to use a premium belt. There is a tab on the power steering pump for a 1/2 in breaker bar. On my 95 (with a 99 engine) I also had the alternator belt slipping when the AC cycled. It was caused by the load of the cooling fans. It drove me nuts as I kept tightening the AC belt and it would still do it.

11-03-2009, 02:42 PM
So if I tightened the belts and it still happens, can I remove the AC belt and continue to drive without issues? Or if I remove the fuse I am assuming that would take care of it as the compressor would not work?

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