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Serpentine belt burned off

My Serpentine belt has burned off due to one of the pulleys locking up. Do I need to replace just the individual pulley or is there a larger part I need to replace? I had recently replaced the belt due to high mileage, so I am aware of the difficulties in accessing the whole pulley system. I know this will not be a fun job.

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  • jheavy40 Nov 13, 2008

    That I am not sure of yet. If I had to guess according to my vehicle manual and the diagram, it is either the pulley between the generator pulley and the power steering pulley, or either one of those.

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Do you know which pulley froze up? Depending on the pulley will depend on what you need to replace.

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