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Old 01-05-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Dirt btwn idler and belt - Safe to crank?

So, I was taking my timing belt cover off to inspect it and like everyone else's, it broke. No biggie. As I was collecting the broken pieces of debris, I noticed that some got lodged in between the belt and idler pulley below the alternator. And unfortunately, I have yet to pay attention to which way the engine spins. I say that because, if the belt flows from right to left (from the idler towards the alternator), I think it would just throw the debris off and I would be fine, but if it goes the opposite way, I'm worried it might force the debris between the idler and the belt and screw something up. The debris is mostly sand and dirt and possibly a few little pieces of plastic. And it's not very much at that. But it's my daily driver and my only driver right now. Should I even worry or is this a non-issue?


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Old 01-05-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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If it worries you, why not just clean the debris off instead of letting fate dictate it's location?
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Well, I cleaned off as much as I could, but there's still some down there and I don't have a air hose/compressor or anything to blow it off with. I guess I'm just being overly cautious.
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Use a ratchet or wrench and loosen up the tensioner pulley slide the belt off then clean away and then reinstall the belt, problem solved. A little dirt between the belt and idler pulley wouldn't cause any damage and it would be cleaned out in a matter of minutes once you start the car up.
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Use a ratchet or wrench and loosen up the tensioner pulley slide the belt off then clean away and then reinstall the belt, problem solved. A little dirt between the belt and idler pulley wouldn't cause any damage and it would be cleaned out in a matter of minutes once you start the car up.
Done and done. Thank you sir.
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