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If by frozen you mean that it is very difficult to move far enough to loosen the belt and then won't spring back to retension the belt then the tensioner assembly will need to be replaced. Not a real uncommon problem and I see this happen to tensioners on all brands of vehicles. Not to hard to replace. Hope this helps!

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