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Hey, new to the forum here. My girlfriend has a 2000 Malibu and she just took a little 120 mile trip, about 3 hours, and after she got to her destination she called me because it was making 'a really weird noise' which she says is coming from somewhere around the serpentine belt. From what she was able to describe to me, I'm assuming it is a pulley, and most likely an idler pulley. If I was there myself, I would just pull off the belt and feel for a bad bearing on all of the pulleys, but she doesn't have the tools with her to do that. What I'm wondering is if in your opinion(I won't hold you to it), if it's alright for her to make the 3 hour trip back down here on it or if I should head up and fix it before she goes anywhere else. She says it's a really bad noise, but I'm not exactly sure what she considers really bad. She described it as swirling a bunch of loose beads in a cup. I'm just affraid it's going to sieze up on her if she drives too far with it. What do you guys think?
 
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