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I think it is my tensioner pulley i have a bearing locking up and and chirping....whatever it was it kicked off the serpentine belt and my car is a 1993 dodge dynasty 3.3 liter

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  • marineusempe Jan 08, 2009

    all the pulleys move free, i replaced the belt and when putting it on the tensioner was very difficult to move.



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Well with the belt off spin all the pulleys all should turn easy if not replace them

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  • work4it1 Jan 08, 2009

    Well teh tensioner has a spring in it so it will be hard to move it to get the belt on. But it you move it in the direction to take the tension off the belt does it spring back or stay put ? if it stays put its bad you will need a new serpintine belt tentioner



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