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Ran through high water, over hood. Idler Pulleys wrecked.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by teslabolt77, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Jul 9, 2019 at 3:05 PM
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    So yeah, ran into higher water than I anticipated a few weeks ago, water over hood, powered out like a champ, yada yada yoda.

    A few weeks later, I start getting bearing noise up front. I have isolated the noise (I think) to the two No 2 pulleys (see attached)

    Never replaced a belt before, let alone swapped out pulleys. Any thoughts, advice, or well wishes?

    Part numbers would be awesome. I hear Gates from RockAuto is the way to go. Just not sure what else I should replace whilst I am down there.

    Option?

    Thanks all!
     
  2. Jul 9, 2019 at 3:24 PM
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    Search up “replacing idler pulleys tacomaworld” some guy did a thread and included all the part numbers in it for each idler, two are the same number IIRC. Just do all 3 while the belts off. I did my two that were smoked and 30k later i need the other one cuz now it squeaks on cold start.
     
  3. Jul 9, 2019 at 3:40 PM
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    Allrighty thanks!
     
  4. Jul 9, 2019 at 4:52 PM
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    I've done this on all three of my vehicles. Aside from getting the Gates kit on RockAuto, my best advice is this: remove the fan and shroud. The 10 minutes you spend removing/replacing them will do wonders for not having torn up forearms and hands. Very simple job, don't be afraid to jump in.
     
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  5. Jul 9, 2019 at 4:55 PM
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    Thanks, Fullboogie. That gives me hope. :)
     
  6. Jul 10, 2019 at 6:49 AM
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    What is the process to remove the fan/shroud assembly?
     
  7. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    Argh - Need some advice. I can't get the bloody nuts off the fan clutch to remove the fan. How do I keep it from moving whilst trying to loosen? I don't see any place to wedge.
     
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    You don't have to remove the fan. Just run the belt in between the fan and the rad. It's open on the front side.
     
  9. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:57 PM
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    Yeah, trying that now. Read somewhere else that removing that fan and shroud makes it a lot easier.
     
  10. Jul 11, 2019 at 6:26 PM
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    Right as rain. Just worked the belt over the top of the fan and through the bottom. Sounds good as new.

    Next question, do they make an aftermarket option for the front splash shield bolts? Three of mine were stripped.
     
  11. Jul 11, 2019 at 6:36 PM
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    Before and after

     
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    You have a diff breather mod?
     
  13. Jul 11, 2019 at 7:21 PM
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    I found the easiest way to change them is from the bottom.. Just pull the skid plate and everything is right there. Also I would suggest doing all the pulleys.
     
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  14. Jul 11, 2019 at 7:39 PM
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    Nope. Just a K&N air filter.
     
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    If your rear differential was submerged, it would be wise to change the diff fluids.
     
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    For future reference, you remove the nuts before you remove the belt.
     
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