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    Uh Oh, Idler Pulley in Nissan Just Broke
    I am pretty certain the idler pulley broke on our 1999 Nissan Altima. It has been making a slight grinding noise like the bearings were going bad, but it has now seized up. Luckily I didn't drive it because the seized pulley is the belt that runs the alternator, water pump, and power steering.

    The part is only $25 from the auto parts store, but it sounds like the labor to remove and replace will be much more. I would like to do it myself, but I can't seem to find a detailed installation document with pics to go by.

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    Might check your library for the Chilton or Haynes manuals for that model-year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeymourButts
    I am pretty certain the idler pulley broke on our 1999 Nissan Altima. It has been making a slight grinding noise like the bearings were going bad, but it has now seized up. Luckily I didn't drive it because the seized pulley is the belt that runs the alternator, water pump, and power steering.

    The part is only $25 from the auto parts store, but it sounds like the labor to remove and replace will be much more. I would like to do it myself, but I can't seem to find a detailed installation document with pics to go by.
    Get the book, or try these links...

    1999 Nissan Altima Owners Manual
    http://www.nissanextendedwarranty.co...san-Altima.pdf


    How do you remove & replace the drive belt idler pulley?
    Answer: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Nissan-Re...tima-drive.htm

    How do you remove & replace the drive belt idler pulley?
    Answer: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Nissan-Re...tima-drive.htm

    http://www.nissanforums.com/b14-95-9...ey-ga16de.html

    http://www.maybenow.com/1999-nissan-...pully-q4237366

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    Just picked up a replacement idler pulley and belt. Planning on trying to fix this afternoon. As long as I stay patient, I think it should be successful. The parts were $50 and the labor is $0. The mechanic will charge about $250 to fix it so this would be a hot deal.

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    I am at a stopping point. I need to place a floor jack under the engine and remove the passenger side engine mount in order to remove the idle pulley. Those buttholes at Nissan design decided to butt the sandwich the idler pulley between the engine block and engine wall leaving about 1/2 inch clearance. The problem is the pulley is about 1 inch thick and there is no room for it to slide off.

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    Borrow a jack from a neighbor or something and you can probably do it. Just make sure the jack is not a leaker that gets lower slowly. Probably ok with just some engine weight.

    Be careful.

    It is amazing how taking one or two pieces of can make a job 500% easier. Might want to do the engine mount too if it is old or looks bad.

    That is if they are not too pricey. And then put everything back up and do the other engine and tranny mount(s). 1999 they are probably gone.

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    Borrow a jack from a neighbor or something and you can probably do it.
    Or...

    Just buy a Ford next time, they're easly to work on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Sal
    Or...

    Just buy a Ford next time, they're easly to work on it.
    I don't even want to talk about FWD Fords. I had a Taurus SHO. It was an absolute nightmare to work on. To get the tranny out you had to loosen everything. CV joints etc. Then loosen the engine. Slide it to the other side and then angle and wedge the tranny out of there. No clearance at all and the tranny input shaft would hang up and fight you the whole way out. I think it was supposed to be taken out only as a unit with the engine.

    I worked on it with two other experienced people and none of us could figure how to get it out of there.

    I did it once. For the clutch and throwout bearing. Never again. I had a shop R & R the tranny when it blew up and then sold the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Sal
    Or...

    Just buy a Ford next time, they're easly to work on it.
    Which brings me to one hard, fast rule I now have about buying used cars -- NEVER buy a used Ford from a dead guy. (Yeah, there's a story there, but I'm not gonna hijack this thread any further. Fer now.)
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    I have had similar experiences. I take my small commuter car in for most everything - too difficult to work on - even changing oil is a major headache.

    I used to love working on the old early 60's eras chevy's back when I was younger (much younger). Nothing like a straight 6 with enough room on both sides to practically stand up under the hood to the side of the engine. A fan belt, starter, alternator, . . . was a 15 min job.
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    Are you referring to the guy Found On Road Dead?
    Quote Originally Posted by writerguy
    Which brings me to one hard, fast rule I now have about buying used cars -- NEVER buy a used Ford from a dead guy. (Yeah, there's a story there, but I'm not gonna hijack this thread any further. Fer now.)
    This World is Not My Home
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Sal
    Or...

    Just buy a Ford next time, they're easly to work on it.
    FORD = Found On Road Dead

    Or:

    FORD = Fix Or Repair Daily

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    We have success. I jacked up the engine and removed the motor mount. I then jacked it up 2 inches higher and was able to remove the idler pulley mount with the idler pulley still attached. Swapped out the idler pulley and re-installed the pulley mount. Replace the top drive belt and then the lower AC belt. Put everything back and drove to the store for a test drive.

    Like I told my wife, when working on a car it's about having the right tools and a lot of patience to get your hands in tight places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeymourButts
    Like I told my wife, when working on a car it's about having the right tools and a lot of patience to get your hands in tight places.
    Great words of wisdom there, for sure. Best mechanic we ever found to keep our old jalopies running had to quit most work when he was around 60-62 because he had whacked his fingers and knuckles so many times on so many tight engine spaces that he developed almost crippling arthritis. Until this happened to him, I had never once thought about the stress and strain on hands caused by a mechanic's career.

    Watch yer knuckles!
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