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Got a squeak from one of the pulleys. I replaced

Got a squeak from one of the pulleys. I replaced the belt tensioner and that wasn't it. Any ideas on how to figure out which pulley is bad?

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The pulley itself might have bad bearings going bad. They is a special stethscope that is used to listen to different parts of the engine while its running. you have to touch it to the suspect pulley and you will hear a different sound from the other pulleys.If your pretty mechanically inclined you can do it. If not a mechanic can diagnosis it for you.

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