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I replaced the alternator belt and the ac belt because they were both shredded. I was driving today and the belts were destroyed again and we noticed one of the pulleys was loose. IS that the only thing it could be destroying the belts amd about how much is it?

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A loose pulley could easily be destroying belts. But it would have to be a pulley both belts were on.
A binding tensioner can also be at fault.
Rust on a pulley can do it too.
And the last thing I can think of would be if a pulley was not aligned in the same plane anymore.

Can't tell how much it would cost because you did not tell us with pulley was loose or if the shaft had been damaged?

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