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Well, if it was only 3k mile ago...you could take a chance on the method I described...but you'd need some reliable way to hold the belt on the cam and crank pulleys. There is a view you shouldn't re-tension a belt once it's been run, but given the tensioner is dynamic, I don't see why that would be an issue here. A static tensioner, maybe.
The other question of course....was the water pump swapped when the belt was done? If the idler wasn't, then a good chance they short-changed it on the pump as well, and probably the tensioner as well just for good measure.
TBH, given just how catastrophic a belt failure is on these engines, and unless you can be confident a proper job was done....I'd be tempted to bite the bullet and do the job right. Seems expensive, but it sure beats having to rebuild the top of the engine or scrap the car.
As you say, get in there and have a careful look round. Could be the bearing was replaced but has worked loose, ditto for the tensioner?? Belt hitting covers perhaps?? Someone on here posted a good one - the crank cambelt pulley had worked loose and worn a massive keyway slot and it was flapping all over the shop. Loose crank pulley even?????
Fingers crossed it's simple and easily sorted.
Tell us what you find anyway.