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Can a bad idler pulley on a 1997 saturn with a 1.9 liter sohc engine cause a plastic like ticking noise. The pulley has a little play in it and all the other pulley seem to be good with no play in them. The tensioner seems to be ok also. Thanks

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Sometimes the idler pulley can begin to rattle a bit, the noise is most often associated with the the idle pulley damper mounts. Just a tiny movement here can cause that audible clicking. It does not harm the engine and can usually be heard only at idle so if yo can live with it, great.

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