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Problem with 1994 ram 360 serpintine belt coming off. engine has 200k+ miles. has been maintained well, uses minimal oil between changes. i can see some end-play movement inh crankshaft?

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Crank should have no visible play maybe the crank pulley(harmonic balancer) or misaligned pullley somewhere else also check for cracks on the acessory plate(what all the stuff bolts to)

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