Replaced the idler pulley and installed a new serp. belt this morning. There was some play in the pulley bearing. BUT I really can't tell awhole lot of difference in the noise. It is almost like a whirring sound and only shows up between around 1500 and 2000 rpm. While the belt was off I did put the stethesocope on the locations of the pulley and spun them. Really did not hear anything unusual and I am starting to think that this is just the way it sounds.
ot - replaced the front brake pads on the CRV today - 71,xxx miles on the OEM pads. Just reflects mostly highway miles. The rotors measured out fine.
'97 Honda CRV