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The engine is noisier at idle than it was before. When I just bought the car a year ago, I could barely tell if the engine was running. I can tell it now. :)

I have recently replaced the serpentine belt and the tensioner hoping it would help, but it did not. The tensioner was squeaking, by the way.

No squeaks anymore, but the engine vibrates slightly and makes that muffled clut-clut-clut noise. I have noticed the harmonic balancer was kind of eccentric. Is it possible? How can I fix it?

Here is a video of another engine, but the balancer wobbles pretty much the same way mine does.

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