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if the leak is coming out the seal behind the tie rod bellows then replace the steering rack as special tools are required to change this and chances are the housing is worn anyways. if its the seal at the input shaft were the steering column connects to the rack then you can change this seal.
you need to replace the idler pulley as when it stops turning it is in a seized position and when its rattling the bearings are making the noise. this indicates it is about to let go(fall apart) you will also need to replace the belt as it will also be worn. you will need to remove the belt using a special tool and then using a rachet with the proper size socket to remove the bolt holding the pulley on to the motor to replace the pulley. don`t put yourself down just because your a country girl. I find that farm girls a very innovative when they need to be. if your sure about doing it yourself then take it to a shop and have it done.
There is no problem with reinstalling the Serpetine Belt. But what have you done about the pulley that is locked up?
You need to find the bad pulley or you will smoke a belt before you leave the driveway. Unplug the wire on the A/C clutch pulley if the compressor is locked up. You need to do this because the A/C will cycle when the dash is set to Defrost setting as well as on AIR.
The idler pulley is the spring loaded tensioner. It is common to lock up. If this pulley is bad, you can keep using the A/C and just replace the Idler pulley.
Check the Alternator, water pump, anything that turns to find the lockup. The timing is done inside the engine with a steel timing chain and is not a part of the Serpetine belt.
Using either a serpentine belt tool or a long ratchet and a socket on the tensioner pulley bolt, turn the tensioner to relieve tension and pop the belt off. Remove the idler pulley bolt and replace the idler pulley. To finish it up simply reinstall the belt.
Well there's only part that has to do with the cooling system and serp belt - the water pump!! Maybe it's starting to seize or has too much play. Either way, when you change the water pump, replace the thermostat and flush the system very thoroughly, those 98-99's are notorious for rust build up. Make sure to pull the heater hoses off and flush the heater core too. After all said is done, purge the coolant and make sure there is heat from the blower. If not you're going to have to replace the heater core because that gets clogged sometimes when flushing.
An idler arm is a steering component found on vehicles without rack and pinion steering. Your referring to an idler pulley. To replace: remove the belt, remove the bolt from the center of the pulley, replace the pulley and reinstall the belt.