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My 1990 ford tarus wont start and the belts are squeeling very bad. the ''low battery indicator'' is lit. could this just be the belts slipping? is it simple to replace the belts and the alternator?

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I would remove the belt and check all the accesories for siezed pullies if it wasnt doing this recently.

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