Noise from Serpentine Belt Idler Pulley on Saab 9-3

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 135,357 (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
22 people reported this problem
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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.
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.
There is a little noise coming from where the belt is at and when I turn the account on it starts making more noise
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
Alternater bracket with pulley, broke. Best didn't break but it needs replacing. We have ordered a new bracket and pully.