Good to know that the idler pulley can be repacked. I didn't know and just bought a new one from a dealership for $35. Should have checked here first and saved a bit by going to a GOOD parts store. I called one place and they said I had to get it at the dealership, D'OH!
The first dealer I went to insisted that I had to buy the whole idler tensioner assembly for $140 and that the pulley wasn't removeable. Fortunately I had just been looking at the car and knew otherwise.
Anyway, I have a good metal one on now, so all'* well...and quiet...
Mike: 1997 SE w/ 183K, aka White Horse
, Gutted Airbox w/K&N, drilled 180* t-stat, tint all around, clear corners w/SilverStars, "PONTIAC" light up tail, PEMs, NGK TR55s