Noise from Serpentine Belt Idler Pulley on Saab 9-3

The idler pulley for the serpentine belt can fail causing noise from the belt area. Our technicians report the pulley has been known to fail completely which can cause the belt to break or be thrown off.

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Average mileage: 134,793 (75,000–200,000)
Engines affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo
5 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003
20 people reported this problem
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1999 Saab 9-3 - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 126,010 mi,
Before my idler pulley failed, I would hear a high pitched whine upon start up for 5 minutes or so and then at high rpm. Pulley finally failed, broke in half and caused the car to run hot.
2002 Saab 9-3 - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 105,000 mi,
Same problem hearing a high pitch whining when i first start, then it goes away after10 seconds i believe its time to change the serpentine pulley, honestly i bought this car with 60k on it and its been in the shop twice a year for something.What i steming pile but my wife had to have it. cant sell it,its like a mother in law.
2000 Saab 9-3 76,500 mi,
pulley failed causing belt to rip
1999 Saab 9-3 - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 160,000 mi,
Started hearing high pitched whine on startup, literally days later on a cold, cold start (-25 C) the outer ring separated from the spokes and shredded the belt while the car was warming up. Came back to a dead battery but that was the only damage other than the belt and pulley
2001 Saab 9-3 - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 164,000 mi,
Not fixed yet, but told idler pulley bearings are worn, causing it to rattle.
1999 Saab 9-3 - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 131,425 mi,
Alternater bracket with pulley, broke. Best didn't break but it needs replacing. We have ordered a new bracket and pully.
1999 Saab 9-3 - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 75,000 mi,
noise from pulley replaced pulley