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Old 01-23-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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need to replace A/c idler pulley

Stealership just quoted me 516.34 to for "Air Conditioning idler pulley bearing is noisy. to replace and update idler pulley & related hardware including replacing cracked A/C belt"

is it reasonable? someone help me price this out.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:13 AM   #2
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i would say do it yourself but i cant find the part anywhere. It is an easy fix if you can find the part. It would not be even close to 100 dollars!
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:17 AM   #3
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No, it is a fairly easy DIY, the ac belt tension is much less then the other belts so it is pretty easy to fix. Probably four bolts for the tensioner and slip the belt on. Maybe 150 for parts and thirty minutes of work. Are you thinking about DIY?

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Old 01-23-2010, 11:18 AM   #4
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It's a piece of cake. 10 minute job including putting the car on ramps
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:25 AM   #5
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thought it was some extravagant process. goddamn that is a wild ass quote. i'll be doing the DIY now...
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:25 PM   #6
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:27 PM   #7
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I think autozone has the parts, but definitely diy
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:00 PM   #8
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By coincidence, I just did such a repair today on my WRX. I'm not much of a mechanic but this was an easy job that took maybe 30 minutes. Looking at our E46 it doesn't look much harder. I'd say save the money and swap it out yourself.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:11 PM   #9
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You've been on this site for 5 years and you went to the dealer to get a quote?
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:33 PM   #10
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This is a easy, no brainer DIY......so easy a caveman can do it....When a stealership is only charging you $500+ for something then you know it's something reeeaal easy.
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You've been on this site for 5 years and you went to the dealer to get a quote?
no, i went to get my subframe checked and they gave me a courtesy check
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:18 PM   #12
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The tensioner only has one bolt holding it on, put a torx# 50 and rotate clockwise to remove your belt then rotate counter clockwise to remove the tensioner.....super easy! And best of all, not very spendy!
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so which belts do i have to buy? can someone link me?
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For the ac?

http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...20Drive%20Belt
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thanks. what about the idler pulley?
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extremely easy job. Just remove the splash sheild and it is right there.
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thanks. what about the idler pulley?
Both are there, smaller for the ac pulley system and the longer one is for the water pump/alternator system.
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Both are there, smaller for the ac pulley system and the longer one is for the water pump/alternator system.
Jake, he asked for the pulley (roller) itself not the belt.

You can go to Rockauto.com and get just the pulley for about 22 bucks.
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Cross reference pull for the mechanical tensioner

Here is a pix of the correct cross referrence pulley that you'd need. BMW doesn't offer just the pulley, they want you to buy the whole tensioner ass'y.
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Here is a pix of the correct cross referrence pulley that you'd need. BMW doesn't offer just the pulley, they want you to buy the whole tensioner ass'y.
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according to this (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho....php?p=3746758) and my door jam's production date 11/01, i need 4PK0865

http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...number=4PK0865
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