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Went off roading now have a pulley squealing cleaned it and sprayed lubricant still squealing?

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You should re-clean the pulleys again and dry them, but do not spray any lubricant on the pulleys. This can cause the belt to slip, causing the squealing noise. If that doesn't help, Check to see if the tensioner is bad.

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