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I replaced the belt on my '90 jeep cherokee, and now it still squeals. How do i know which pulley to replace?

I checked the pulleys before I put the new belt on, and none of them felt loose or wobbly.

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It is most likely the belt tension that is incorrect. Push on a flat section of the belt, should only move about 1/4 ins.
All the pulleys should free wheel when you spin them except the crank pulley and power steer. Check that the tensioner pulley is not at the limit of it's travel when the belt is fitted.

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