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Can a bad idler pulley on a 1997 Saturn cause a plastic like rattling sound when in gear. At idle there is no sound, only in gear. The belt tensioner seems to be in good shape. I replaced the top engine mount because it was the original. The bottom engine mount seems to be newer, the one located under the battery. I need to get it fixed, but when I call an auto repair shop, they want to charge almost more than the car is worth, and I cant afford right now.

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SOURCE: I need to know how to install an idler pulley for a 1995 Saturn

Getting the belt off is the tuffest.. Thats all I can say lol

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SOURCE: pulley belt tension repairs 1997 saturn

Tensioner is attached with 2 10mm bolts at block.place jack under oil pan,remove upper engine mount,jack engine up slightly to gain access to tensioner.it's easier if you remove the pulley bolt & pulley first then the 2 10mm bolts.

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SOURCE: 2000 saturn sl2

Check with ac on and off ,also check top bolt for alt.

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SOURCE: How do i replace the idler pulley in my 1993 Saturn Sc2

It might be best to remove the power steering pump and bracket, then pry engine away from passenger side. That should give you enough room.

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SOURCE: strange rattling sound with car in gear at idle

heat shields on exhaust or guts of catalytic converter

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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