Originally Posted by Drifter420
Any ideas on ways to go around changin that pulley you wanted to change (pulley #2) ?? I have to change that pulley also as the bearings are shot.. but thinkin of ways around not having to remove the power steering pump cause of that stupid steering pump pulley
I'm running */Cless as that bearings is shot and the belt was starting to shred so I just cut it off not wanting to have the belt or somethin shred and cause more problems with other belts and crap..
Help.. running */Cless is painful.
Wish there was a way around it but removing the engine mount from the block seems the only way. I'm debating on how I'll tackle this issue. Fortunately (?) for me the bearing is fine, it the surface that'* the problem. Either the belt was slipping, thereby getting hot, and melted the pulley or there was a lot of debris getting between the belt and the pulley.
The first sign of trouble was when I threw a belt. The belt was in fine condition, I had it slacked off a couple of days before while I was checking the tensioner and idler pulley bearings. It seems that the bely walked across the harmonic balancer pulley by 2 grooves, this put the entire load on those grooves which were actually running on the forward edge of the HB pulley where there aren't any grooves - the belt eventually separated and got thrown.
Not realising the full extent of the trouble at that point, I decided to have my 3.5" pulley installed because I wasn't going to buy a new stock belt and then a shorter Gatorback for the eventual pulley change. Upon arriving home with the new pulley and Gatorback I looked under the hood to see the belt was running 2 grooves off and at the edge off the HB pulley. I slackened the tensioner and repositioned the belt properly, started the car and all looked fine, went for a short drive and saw the belt once again had walked.
It was at this point I came to the stark realisation that changing this pulley was nearly as much work as doing a camshaft change
. That said, I had to find a short term solution. I found a peice of 3/8 diameter rod , 10" long, and then squeezed a sway bar end link bushing onto it - I was going to use this to turn the pulley while holding a file against the pulley. This actually worked out fine, I went at it carefully mindfull not to remove to much material because the pulley is plastic. After about a half hour it was pretty well staightened out.
The car fine this way for now until I devise a plan to change the pulley. I also have an oil leak from either the oil pan ar the rear main seal, and the tranny may be leaking at the torque converter seal. I also have to change my AC compressor, I alreadt have a new one waiting. With all this in mind, I'm actually considering pulley the engine and transaxle to do this work.
I'm thinking of a few more things to do
while this is underway so I might lay up the car for a week a really go to town.
P.*. The power steering looks easy to do from under the car. Either up on a lift or on ramps would be good.