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 Post subject: Idler pulleys
Posted: Sat May 27, 2006 2:36 pm 
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I think the idler pulleys are stuffed, I think i will change both the top and bottom pulleys. Are there any dramas to look out for when changing them.
Does about $40 each sound right.
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Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 12:19 am 
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no it is straight forward to do yes 40 bucks sounds right
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Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 1:52 pm 
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hunt around i got both from a ford dealer for $45.

and nothing special, just you need to use 1/4 socket and extension on the bottom passenger side bolt as there is no room.

 

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Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 5:56 pm 
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40 each is too much to pay, unless thats a fitted price which would be fair enough i suppose

 

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Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 6:17 pm 
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i got one of the idler pulleys for 25 bux from ford. so shouldnt be too expensive.

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Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 8:24 pm 
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radiator out is best, and a 3/8" drive to release the tension on the pulleys. I use one of the elcheapo 3/8" drive ratchets
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Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 10:25 am 
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you don't need to take out the radiator!!
just the thermos, and you have enough room to mud wrestle in there if you wanted.

 

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Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 10:32 am 
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Hope its not too late but f**k the standard replacement pulleys.

Get some aftermarket replacement items from Repco - they carry a full range of METAL replacement pulleys (Nuline). Much better quality IMO.

 

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Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 3:31 pm 
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I will check our Repcos, dont like the idea of taking the thermos out!
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Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 3:49 pm 
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You could get away with doing it without removing thermos - just brace for a few skinned knuckles.

They very simple to remove tho - two bolts hold it to the radiator. Then unplug the two electrical connectors and hey presto.

Ring ahead with repco - they might have to order the pulley in...

 

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Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 3:54 pm 
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BTW for the EL 6cyl:

Nuline part#

EP009 - water pump
EP010 - tensioner (cant even replace these IIRC so dont bother lol)
EP011 - flat idler pulley (i.e. no grooves, goes on the back of a ribbed belt)

Which ones you looking at replacing?

 

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Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 5:45 pm 
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thoight I'd change both to be safe
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 Post subject: Idler Pulleys
Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 7:36 pm 
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You don't have to buy the pulleys, just the bearings. I replaced mine for the grand sum of $8 and took me about 15 minutes (including the celebratory can afterwards!) Contact CBC or a bearing supplier once you have them out, give them the number or better still nick down ther with the bearings. Piece of cake!

 

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Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 7:39 pm 
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yer the aftermarket ones are much better...no need to take the radiator out just the thermo's or you can leave them in if you wanna piss f@rt around all day
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Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 8:20 pm 
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as far as i know you can't take the bearings out of the ford pulleys, they have a lip around it on both sides.

don't know about the aftermarket metal ones.

 

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