I went out there and was able to run a .15 feeler gauge easily all the way around that gap between the clutch and pulley. .20 was a tick snug in the area pointing towards the crank.
In fact, I took a LED flashlight and can see light shining through the gap all the way around between the pulley and the clutch. With the SC belt off, I started the car and ran the A/C.. Of course, the gap dissappeared.. Turned the AC off and I can 100% see light all the way around once again. I just don't see the clutch dragging the pulley whatsoever. Does this tell you anything?
I am like you though.. Never heard of a bearing going.. Only thing I will say is we had flooding rain in east TX the day or two before I noticed the loud noise coming from under the hood.
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