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Its vary likely a bearing noise . Eighter the altenator power steering pump air pump or water pump . Although it could also be the belt tenisinor its a big time ware part . Thats what i would look at first .The water pump would be leaking from the bottom . The altenator would be giveing you battery problems charging . The air pump if you have one would show signs in engine porformance . The power steering pump you may not notcce a porformance issue .Its likely the belt tenisioner
Transverse engines do not have fan belts as such. Fans are electrically driven and are located benind the radiator. What belts there are are the altenator belt and the water pump belt, or these may be combines on different models. Other belts include a power steering pump belt, and an air conditioning belt. These belts all run off the main crankshaft pulley which is located on the right hand side of the engine (viewed from the driver's seat).
It sounds like you are missing the idler pully. I need to know what size motor you have to get you the diagram. If this car is a v belt style you manually set tension. If this is serpentine belt style sound like your missing the tensioner too.
Belts drive the power steering, alternator, air conditioner, & possibly the water pump. If the battery light is on then it is the alternator belt. If it is hard to steer it is the P/S belt. If the A/C does not cool it is the A/C belt. Lastly if it overheats it is the water pump belt. Normally one belt will drive two of these components. A serpentine belt will drive them all.
just follow the serpentine belt, by necessity, it has to rotate the pump. Serpentine hits water pump, a/c compressor, alternator and steering pump. Steering pump is the smallest of them all, and the only one that has a filler cap on top.
There are several possibilities.
1. power steering pump locked up or locking up (extremely low fluid could cause this)
2. a random pully could have locked up and caused the belt to break, resulting in a loss of power steering.
if this pulley is not the a/c compressor, power steering pump, air pump, water pump altenator, then is is either a tensioner pulley or an idler pulley. the tensioner pulley is mounted on an arm that is spring loaded, the idler is stationary.