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Loose belt sound

My 2002 AWD RAV 4 sounds like there's a loose belt during the first 20 miles during cold weather. They have checked the belts and they were all fine.

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Replace the weak automatic belt tensioner. This is a known common failure item. My solution is guaranteed to rectify your situation.

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