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One of your pulleys is stuck

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  • Sounds to me like the "whining" was a stuck pulley and the smoke was from the serpentine belt smoking. The alternator, AC compressor, Power Steering Pump, Water Pump and the Tentioner are all pulleys that are driven by the serpentine belt. When one of the em pulleys lock up the belt is still pulled by all the other pulleys and smokes out on the stuck pulley.

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