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Squealing coming car

I have a 1996 pontiac grand am and there is a squealing noise coming from behind my passenger tire, there is a belt there and i' m almost positive it's coming from there. can you tell me what it is that is and what the belt turns. why could it be making all that noise. I was told it is the ac, but my ac doesn't work. The motor is a 3.1.

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There is a good chance that the idler pulley bearing has gone bad and needs to be replaced soon as possible. If the bearing fails and seize's, your going to need to do more repairs then just replacing the idler pulley. It's a good thing to replace the belt tensioner too since the bearing in that is the same as the idler pulley and must be close to the end of it's life too. Good luck and hope this helps, Auto Zone or any other parts store will have these parts and can give you the step by step instructions to replace the parts with common tools. 

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Could be the A/C compressor because there is a bearing that turns on the shaft even when the cooling isn't running and they do often fail.

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