Idler Pulley Replecement

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butlerjonas
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Idler Pulley Replecement

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(not the belt tensioner pulley ;)) The large pulley closest to the firewall where the power steering pump would be. 2009 Vibe GT 2.4l 2az-fe engine. The bearings are shot in mine and I almost got the bolt out before it bottomed out against the frame. Anyone know how to get the bolt out and/or any tips on replacing this particular part? Thanks in advance,
Jonas
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2AZ-FE 2.4L (upgraded pistons)
Valvoline MaxLife Full Synthetic 5w-20/Toyota TRD filter
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Toyota/Denso air filter
NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
Broken volume knob
Vibration at idle
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ColonelPanic
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Re: Idler Pulley Replecement

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That's the same situation with the 1ZZ-FE belt tensioner. In order to get the bolt to clear the frame, the right side engine mount is unbolted from the body and the engine carefully lifted using a jack (and a piece of wood between the jack and oil pan.)

Not sure if that would be the same procedure here, hopefully someone more familiar with that engine can chime in.
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butlerjonas
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Re: Idler Pulley Replecement

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I was afraid of that, but I actually found a video on how to replace a power steering pump for a Camry that gave me some hope. My pulley is a "dummy" pulley where the PS pump would be and the bolt holes are slotted so you don't have to take them all the way out and the whole assembly can be just be dropped out. At least I hope mine is the same way :?
09 Vibe GT
2AZ-FE 2.4L (upgraded pistons)
Valvoline MaxLife Full Synthetic 5w-20/Toyota TRD filter
Valvoline MaxLife ATF
Toyota/Denso air filter
NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
Broken volume knob
Vibration at idle
butlerjonas
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Re: Idler Pulley Replecement

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*Disclaimer* I'm not 100% sure the idler pulley is attached the same way, but I'll report back once I find out. At any rate, this is a good tutorial for a tricky job on the 2.4l engine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eni7SNV ... x=1&t=627s
09 Vibe GT
2AZ-FE 2.4L (upgraded pistons)
Valvoline MaxLife Full Synthetic 5w-20/Toyota TRD filter
Valvoline MaxLife ATF
Toyota/Denso air filter
NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
Broken volume knob
Vibration at idle
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