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1996 Ford Mustang v6 coupe idler pulley and belt tensioner

\015 I was driving down the road and my Idler Pulley decided it didn't want to be part of the engine anymore, so I noticed it rolling down the road in my rear view mirror. Got it home without overheating (no water pump) and on battery power. Is there a serious mechanical issue with my car or does this type of thing happen? My dad says the tensioner and pulley assembly can be replaced, I know this. My main concern is if my engine is really torn up because of this or WAS ALREADY torn up prior to this to cause it to happen. Please help ASAP. Also, I need directions on how to do the install of the new assembly. Thanks\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 20-05-2019

Answers :

I guess it depends on what failed.
The idler pulley is a simple pulley with a bearing held on by a large bolt.
If the bolt broke, or came loose, you may have problems keeping a new bolt in place.
If the bearing wore out and came apart, the bolt is probably still in the bracket. A failed bearing is common after 10 or 15 years, a loose bolt is somewhat rare.
The belt tensioner is another pulley mounted on a spring-loaded arm that keeps the belt tight. Same design but a different function.
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