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Old 12-22-2006
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Location: Seattle, WA
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idler pulley

I have the same problem I have read in a few threads here. I replaced the belt about a month ago because it was squealing constantly. Now I get the squeek when idleing only. So I suspect the idle pulley to be the culprit.

I leave tomorrow on a drive from Seattle to Idaho for Christmas, is this a definite "Must fix" before I go (ie: Will be stuck on the side of the road somewhere if I don't replace it)?

Also, I would not consider myself to be in any means a mechanic, I have few difficult is this to replace? I am also low on $$$ due to the holidays. Any advice is much appreciated!

Thank you!
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Old 12-22-2006
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Asheboro NC
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Is the pulley on the belt tensioner or by its self? i had this problem and just had to replace both pulleys because it is a sealed bearing.
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Old 12-22-2006
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Location: Elizabeth City, NC
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Sealed schmealed.

You can pop the dust seal off both sides with a jewler's screwdriver, pull the plastic ball cage out (only comes out one way, you'll see the slots to grab with the jewler's tip), push the seven ***** to one side, disassemble, clean and regrease the bearing, no problem.

It's Napa part number 6203 2RSJ for either idler or tensioner pulley bearing. This is a more expensive bearing and only time will tell if it was worth the $16. There are cheaper 6203's, like $6.

You can push the old bearing out of each pulley quite easily with a socket, vise and hammer. Doesn't take much tapping, just note its position and copy that when you reinstall the bearing.

You need a 15mm wrench to loosen the tension to get the belt off the pulley and the same wrench removes the pulleys' bolt. The bolts are long, so be patient.

I carry a spare idler pulley (with a re-packed bearing), spare bearing and a new belt.

When mine left me on the side of the road (totally my fault) the tensioner pulley bearing disintegrated and ruined the tensioner (where the pulley bearing rides) and shredded the belt. So, I carry everything but a new tensioner, go figure.
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Old 08-12-2007
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anyone have torque spec for the idler pully?
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Old 08-13-2007
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1/6 to 1/3 turn after a sharp rise in torque is felt.

I believe there is a big washer in between and make sure the pulley spins freely when bolt is tight.
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