Smoke from new serpentine belt coming from behind the power steering pulley


Asked by Jul 21, 2014 at 02:46 PM about the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1998 1500 5.2 -  Had to replace the serpentine belt that broke. Before putting on the new belt I checked that all the pulleys that can were moving freely. After putting on the new belt I had two odd things happen (1) the belt makes a loud sound like a bunch of crickets (2) There is smoke coming from the back side of the pulley for the power steering after about 1 minute of run time. Also the belt & pulley feel very hot. Took off the belt and checked the pulley & it turns freely in both directions, sprayed engine degreaser around there ( cold engine) and behind the pulley then rinsed off with water, put belt back on and have the same problem. Help!

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Tom Demyan

Smoke and crickets mean you have a pulley issue. Is the belt routed the correct way? Is the reservoir for the Power steering fluid at the proper level?

Tom Demyan

Belt tensioner at the proper tension?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Hi Tom - The belt is routed as shown in the diagram under the hood. Power steering fluid is correct & the tensioner appears to move free and have proper tension. This was never an issue before the belt broke. I wonder if they advanced auto guy gave me the correct belt, I had him double check it.


Update - Just keeps getting weirder (?) - This morning I had to move my truck across the yard around some corners so I removed the serpentine belt, rotated the power steering pulley freely around in both directions. Everything was dry ( degreased everything the other day) so I drove the truck and parked it & saw light smoke coming from around the power steering pulley again, but this time there was power steering fluid around the top of the power steering reservoir that had been dry just before I drove the truck without the belt.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Old power steering hose may have collapsed inside with debris now blocking the fluid flow. Resulting in fluid being pumped out of the reservoir.

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