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Replaced serpintine belt for power steering, alternator and crank shaft but belt still squeels. And appears to be tight. Slack is of 1/4 in..Is there one of these three components froze up. Power steering turns with some resistance to hand and engine starts but belt doesn't spin properly.Any suggestions?

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The crank shaft is not froze up if the engine is running. Without knowing how severe the situation is, it is probably best to remove the belt and feel each pulley or drive wheel to detect the condition of the bearings. It should be very clear which pulley bearing is loose by "wiggling" the pulleys. One of the pulleys will have a lot of play in the bearing. Also the pulley with the bad bearing will be hard to turn by hand with the belt off. Be sure to check every pulley on that belt circuit, except the crank shaft, you can't turn it by hand.

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