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Belt or pulley noises

I have changed the belts and pulleys on my 96 Ford Explorer due to what sounds like belt noises to no avail.
I am told that the injector synchronizer is bad and that is what is causing the noises I am hearing.
I have never heard of this before. The parts to fix this are expensive.
Could this really be my problem?

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    when engine is started a bad bearing sound comes from near pulleys

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Yes very well could be. Take a long screw driver and place it near the base of syncronizer and put your ear to handle and see if that is were the noise is the loudest.

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