Growling Noise From Front of Engine on Honda Civic

The AC idler pulley can fail causing a growling noise from the engine. A new idler pulley will be needed.

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Average mileage: 171,380 (130,000–234,000)
6 model years affected: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2005
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1998 Honda Civic 180,000 mi,
One day I was driving to work and started my car. Well my ac is always on because I always use it. I turned my car on and heard the rattling before it actually started so I tried starting it and it started fine and ran fine all the way to work didn't act funny on the highway and whatnot. Except for that rattling. Couldn't figure it out until I got to work shut the car off and kept the keys in 2nd tier to keep the AC on. Since I still heard the rattling I checked under the hood. Sure as hell it was coming from the front only when the AC was on
1996 Honda Civic 192,000 mi,
idler is growling.
1997 Honda Civic 152,000 mi,
Loud bearing noise especially noticed at high idle. I initially greased (white) bearing, but eventually will replace idler pulley.
1993 Honda Civic 232,800 mi,
Car runs great when it is warming up, then when warmed up kinda growls when u need to speed up. A little lose of power, let off gas pedal and there is a smell for a few sec. And leaks some coolant,and I found a little bit of oil in coolant reservoir. Any idea's
1998 Honda Civic 234,000 mi,
Had a bearing squeal. Listened to noise and traced it to idler for A/C. remove and replace pulley. growl/high pitched wine is gone.