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1999 oldsmobile cutlass has a squeak rattle sound in the pulley area that is attached to the power steering and a serpetine belt. Sound gets louder when accelerating. Power steering is fine, turns fine. Serpentine belt is good. Can the pulley be changed? has 115000 miles

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The squeak is usually the result of a dry bearing. The repair can be quite easy. Make a very quick sketch of the belt and pulley arrangement before you start. Locate the securing nuts on the pulley and whist the belt is still on just loosen them,, do not remove. (leaving the belt on can help the pulley resist movement whilst you undo the securing bolts). Locate the tensioner idler pulley and using a suitable sized socket or spanner on the central bolt, rotate the pulley against the direction of tension to allow the belt. to be slipped off. Now return to the squeaking pulley and remove the bolts completely. Lubricate the pulley shaft and bearing with WD40 spray. Often this enough to return the pulley to years of silent running. To complete, reverse the steps above

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Yes it can be changed as it sounds like the bearings are about ready to go out, you need to narrow it down to the correct pulley

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