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1991 Toyota Camry V6 Belt / Pulley Problem

On the passenger side of the engine compartment on my 1991 Camry V6, there is a belt that runs around the pulley on the alternator, a/c compressor, and one more pulley that appears to just come out of the bottom of the engine.

Today shortly after I started my car and flipped on the a/c, this belt started squealing badly, then I heard some funky crunchy noises and the squeal stopped... but so did my a/c. I popped the hood and discovered that the track on the bottom pulley came completely off (and fell out of the bottom of the car, and rolled across the parking lot).

I reached in and removed the belt (which was now slack) and drove the car straight home (the battery is relatively new, and I only had to go 2 miles).

So, here's my question: What is that bottom pulley? Is it easy to replace? Does it require lifting the engine out to get to it? Is this finally the end of my Camry? (It's got about 150k miles on it, still should have some good life in it)

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer....

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  • nospam47 May 30, 2009

    It does sound like it is the crankshaft pulley. Is this a part I could find at a local auto parts store, or is it a big enough job I should be taking it to a mechanic?

    Thanks!


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No this is not the end of the car,if its the very bottom pulley in the center,it's the crankshaft pulley,and no the motor should'nt have to be removed to replace the pulley.

Posted on May 30, 2009

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    George DeMore May 30, 2009

    I looked to see if this part was available at Autozone and Kragen/Shucks?O'Reilley,and they don't carry it so I suspect it will be a dealer only part if purchased new,a local salvage yard can probably supply it for a lot less than dealer new,as far as changing it out it,if you have some mechanical ability and access to the tools,it would be a easy to moderate project project,it will require a 3 jaw gear,or bolt style gear puller to get it off.You may want to shop around though for a shop,or check craigslist for a mobile auto repair(definitly check references if you go this route),this job should take a well rounded mechanic 1 to 2 hours to complete.Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: 1994 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE TENSIONER BELT PROBLEMS

You need to replace the tensioner assembly, not just the pulley.....

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

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