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97 maxima rough idling

I have a 97 maxima with 201k miles. When the car is running it sounds rough like something is rubbing. I checked all my fluids they are OK. I do smell radiator fluid and there was a small quarter sized drip on the ground on the passenger side 6 inches to the left of the tire. When I drive the car it has not ran hot or anything.
When i pop the hood and let the engine run the sound seems to come from the passenger side near the belts.

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Check the tension pulley. It has an adjustment on top to set belt tension. On mine the bushing in the pulley went bad and made a rough rubbing sound. I replaced the entire unit as an assembly. Noise went away.

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