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How to replace the power steering pully

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Rooty21, Oct 10, 2021.

  1. Oct 10, 2021 at 8:58 PM
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    Rooty21

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    Hello I’m looking to figure out how to remove the power steering pulley on my 2001 Toyota Tacoma 2.7L. Initially there recently was a scratching or scraping sound coming from under the hood when turned on. I figured out it was coming from the power steering pulley so I took the belt off and slowly rotated the pulley and could hear the scratching sound so I assumed it was likely a bearing on the pulley itself. If it could be something else I would love to hear ideas because I would like to fix it myself if it is an easy fix. Thank you
     
  2. Oct 11, 2021 at 4:30 AM
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    are you talking about the idler pulley or the pump it`s self.

    The idler pulley you can press the bearing out get the number get the bearing from a local bearing supplier or no doubt online
     
  3. Oct 11, 2021 at 8:14 AM
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    Yeah that’s the one I’m talking about. To do that do I need to get a special tool for it?
     
  4. Oct 11, 2021 at 8:48 AM
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    nothing special two sockets and a vise

    I can`t recall if there is a snap ring or not.
     
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    Save yourself the trouble, just buy a new idler pulley at NAPA for $25.
     
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  6. Oct 12, 2021 at 8:26 AM
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    To each there own If I can change a bearing for $8.00 compared to $25.00 I am going to do so.

    Most likely get a better quality bearing changing it myself Do you know what brand bearings are in the Napa Pulley??

    Quite different when your 1000 miles from home.
     
  7. Oct 12, 2021 at 8:37 AM
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    More than likely Napa, Autozone etc won’t carry just the bearing. They’ll likely have the pulley as a whole. Since your getting the parts from a big box store don’t worry about quality they’re already on the low end. Grab one and replace it.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2021 at 8:58 AM
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    I agree if you can source a good bearing and have the tools and know-how to replace one without damaging anything. Given the nature of the question, I suspect the OP may still be acquiring tools and learning about these things. I don't know the brand of bearing in the NAPA pulley, but FWIW, their parts aren't all trash. Their premium house brand of belts is Gates, IIRC.

    For me, it's just much more convenient to head over to NAPA as opposed to:
    1. Determining the bearing ID
    2. Likely looking up cross-listed part numbers as well
    3. Finding someone who sells a quality replacement and has it in stock, and is open when I can go there (or waiting for an ordered part to arrive). I have no idea where to even begin looking for a "local bearing supplier" (perhaps just a google search away, IDK) and I have a feeling that if one were around me, they would be 45 minutes away and closed when I have time to work on my truck.
    4. Changing the bearing off the truck.
    To me, it's worth the $17 price difference to avoid all of that. If so inclined, OP can change the pulley in a few minutes and refresh the OEM one at his convenience, having a backup in case the NAPA unit fails.
     
  9. Oct 12, 2021 at 9:05 AM
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  10. Oct 12, 2021 at 9:09 AM
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    Whatever works the best !

    I can pick up the phone call my main supplier for bearings if it is before 1000 have the bearing that afternoon
     
  11. Oct 12, 2021 at 9:18 AM
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    Sounds like that's an option that you're already well-familiar with. I would do the same if I were in your shoes.
     
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  12. Oct 12, 2021 at 12:44 PM
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    On my old 4runner the bearing was serviceable so when it started to make noise I removed the bearing, cleaned it and repacked it with grease. Didn't feel like driving to the store to see if they had one in stock.
     

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