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Old 08-31-2012, 07:52 PM   #41
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:53 PM   #42
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Actually, come to think of it, there's probably enough vaccum reserve in the brake booster to last 3-4 braking events with the engine not running.. So go slow and use them wisely as you're rolling the car out.. So maybe you won't need to use the e-brake at all..
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:04 PM   #43
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Ended up just replacing the belt in the garage. No light, a death-jack, a couple stray blocks of wood should the jack actually fail. Then discovered after all the work of replacing the belt with limited space, light and tools that one of the pulleys had broken off.

Drove it out, parked it. Gonna have to buy a new pulley, install that, then probably buy another belt as I'm sure it has been compromised from running against metal.

I never even thought to check that a pulley had broken off.
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Nice...if it was a tensioner pulley, get both (make sure you know if hydraulic or mechanical...some cars have both, some have two of the same one)...and the idler pulley too...if one is bad, the others will be close behind.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:15 PM   #45
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Also, I suggest you double check ALL your pulleys to make sure they are not damaged/nicked/MISSING cause they would shred/snap another serpentine. (Which would defeat the purpose of getting a new belt.)
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:16 PM   #46
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Nice...if it was a tensioner pulley, get both (make sure you know if hydraulic or mechanical...some cars have both, some have two of the same one)...and the idler pulley too...if one is bad, the others will be close behind.
Thanks for the advice on that one, I'll do that.

I really didn't even think to check if a pulley was bad. I've never thought about it. Just figured my belt snapped from being 60k miles old and probably a shoddy quality seeing as a certain mechanic replaced it so I could pass Inspection when I bought the car. (Was a family friend, who I had learned was $50k in the hole and charging old women $300 for a tail-light bulb replacement.)


I believe it was the idler pulley that broke off.

When I replaced the belt I thought it looked odd halfway through when I was looking in, like maybe something was supposed to be there, but I was so focused on getting that belt on. I only stopped to think about what should be there after I did the entire job.

Now I'm gonna have to do it over again. At least the car is out of the garage.


I did fukc up on this DIY; didn't really do it too thoroughly, but I am happy that I'm not working on the third floor of a concrete building.
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I actually hadn't even checked the thread until now after I had already done it. That was my own negligence.

Wish I had though.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:02 PM   #48
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Your real life tale helps others. Makes me glad I just did proactive replacement of my three idler pulleys. Few years ago I had already installed metal pump(s) pulleys to insure the composite ones were not on my engine.
I've got super incentive to not break down far away from home. I do no local driving.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:08 PM   #49
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