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1st gen/ VG33 drive/fan belts squeal

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Hey yall, so about early December I noticed my drive belts start to have a constant squeal/squeak and my truck is a 04 XE crew cab, short bed, 5 speed, 4x4 with just under 150k miles. I know that it has 3 drive belts, but my A/C compressor seized up and ate the belt so I don't run that belt. The only 2 I have are the P/S pump and water pump, and the alternator belt. I decided to change both the belts because being at 150k, I'm fairly certain they were the factory belts. So I changed them both, but the noise was still there. I thought maybe they were too lose, I tightened them down some more making sure not to overtighten them, but the noise was STILL there. I'm pretty sure it was the power steering and water pump belt because I took it off and started it and the noise seemed to go away, so I changed the idler pulley to no avail. It honestly doesn't make the noise unless I rev past about 4k which occasionally happens when I downshift because I rev match every gear and once the noise comes, it doesn't go until the truck is shut off. Then I can shut it back on and it won't make the noise until another high rev comes around.

I should add that the water pump is only 25k miles/2 years old. It was changed with the timing belt.

If anyone can help me out at all, that'd be dope. I really appreciate it.
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I had a vg33e pathfinder back in the day. I had strange noise, thought it may be belt noise. I prayed it wasn't a timing belt issue and had that replaced. When the shop removed all the belts and started digging into it, the harmonic balancer separated into two pieces. The outter ring was not even attached to the inner anymore. I think that might have been my noise all along. Later the same thing happened to my Infiniti G20. I would make sure all the pulleys spin freely and your crank pulley is still in one piece. Damn nissan and their crappy crank pulley.
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