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The engine runs but the belt and pulleys don`t turn. what could be the problem?

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The harmonic balancer is broken. most auto parts stores keep them in stock as it happens alot. They call it the damper or the lower pulley , crank pulley, if you can change the belts and have the right tools to remove the crankshaft bolt it's an easy job. shop rate 1 hour less than $100 for the pulley and if your belts are reused thats all

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