Join Date: Mar 2007
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10-4 They are always quiet when the belt is off. If you can feel any thing other than smooth rotation when you put twist on the pulley and turn it then approaching is not the correct term. Any slack in the shaft is a reason to replace it.
There are other rotating things near this to check also, it is just as frustrating setting on the side with the idle pulley off of the bracket.
I had a water pump give me a 10 mile warning on a 35 mile trip, once. Took out the fan shroud and stuck in the hood. Week later the same truck towed in one that got the shroud and radiator and stuck in alongside the air compressor.