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Replace idler arm pulley

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  • ptnmeche1 Apr 11, 2009

    Its between the Alternator and the power steering pump.....the bearings blew....trying to replace with new pulley....something is missing....

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    Marvin May 11, 2010

    u mean the tensioner pulley assembly?

  • Marvin
    Marvin May 11, 2010

    idler arm pulley??? what does this do.

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An idler arm is a steering component found on vehicles without rack and pinion steering. Your referring to an idler pulley. To replace: remove the belt, remove the bolt from the center of the pulley, replace the pulley and reinstall the belt.

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