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Q: Where's the idle wheel located? on 2004 Mercury Mountaineer

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About two months ago, I started hearing this winding noise while driving. whenever I turn the air condition on and get at a certain speed.
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I think that you mean the fan belt Idler Pulley (wheel) and/or tensioner. These do wear out on Fords:
here is a good source of repair information for your car
http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online

this should help you with the needed to replace those components.
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