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Loose belt noise

My 2002 AWD RAV 4 sounds like there's a loose belt during the first 20 miles during cold weathe. How can this be fixed?

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Replace the weak serpentine belt tensioner. This is a common wear/failure item. My solution is guaranteed to rectify your situation.

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