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Old 03-24-2008, 06:35 AM   #1
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Hey folks, I'm using the search feature even now to research my problem in hopes that I can find my solution.

In the meantime:

Having a rattling noise that goes away on A/C activation. Figured out that the noise is coming from the tensioner pulley. If I add tension to the system with a breaker bar, the noise goes away.

I'm getting ready to go buy parts to do this job myself. I'm planning on replacing the belt, as well, naturally.

My question is - will replacing the pulley alone likely solve this, or do I need to replace the entire assembly?

(1998 SSE nonsupercharged)
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If adding tension solved the problem, replacing the pulley will do as much for you as a a new tailpipe for that problem.

Don't rule out an AC clutch issue though.
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