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Dodge Intrepid Under-Tensioned Alternator Drive Belt May Cause Growling Noise at Low Speeds

Dodge Intrepid Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Engines Affected: 2.7L V6, 3.2L V6, 3.5L V6

Average Mileage: 100,000 mi (60,000 mi - 160,000 mi)


An loose alternator drive belt may cause a growling noise in the engine area at low speeds (usually when accelerating from a stop). This is often mistaken for catalytic converter failure.

  • Visitor, , 3.5L V6

    sounds like a low groan

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  • tykat1, , 2.7L V6, 80,000 mi

    clunking growling rattling noises,no one seems to know why after struts, mounts bushings etc were replaced. does not do it with hi-way driving

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  • Visitor, , 3.2L V6, 60,000 mi

    suspect alignment problems with the alternator belt tensioner pulley. The outside of the belt shows signs of wear,and rubber residue on pulley and there is a vibrating noise or growling at low speeds when starting out from a stop. The noise goes away when the surpentine belt is removed. No solution yet

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