How many belts does a E46 have?
Figure 1 The BMW E46 models utilize 2 multi-rib engine drive belts. A small outer belt drives the A/C compressor and the larger inner belt drives the alternator, coolant pump and the power steering pump.
What happens when tensioner pulley goes bad?
If the drive belt tensioner pulley has any sort of issue it can cause unusual and accelerated wear on the belt. A bad pulley can cause fraying on the edges of the belt, and in severe cases can even cause it to break. Other symptoms of a bad belt tensioner is failure of the belt driven accessories.
Can a bad tensioner pulley cause rough idle?
No, not really. Generally a bad timing belt will cause a no idle condition. As in the engine will not run at all. A bad timing belt tensioner might allow a cam to jump a cog and be out of time, but you only get to jump so many cogs before very bad things happen.
Can you replace just the pulley on a tensioner?
More often than not, just the pulley goes bad on the tensioner, not the whole tensioner, and for most vehicles, you can purchase and replace the pulley instead of the tensioner itself. The pulley should be replaced if it has a lot of resistance when you spin it.
Can you drive without a tensioner pulley?
So, how long can you drive with a bad idler pulley? The safety recommendation is not to drive the car at all and take it to a mechanic immediately. You should be concerned if the vehicle makes squeaking or rattling noises. The car can still run for months or break after a few days.
What noise does a bad idler pulley make?
Squealing. When the engine is idling, a bad pulley may make a squealing sound. This is due to the bearings in the pulley going bad. The bearings may also make various other sounds such as clattering or even a rumbling sound, making the vehicle sound as if there was much more wrong than a bad pulley.
How do I fix my idler pulley?
Loosen the bolt and push the pulley toward the center of the engine to relieve the tension on the belt. Slide the belt off the idler pulley. Hold the idler pulley so it cannot turn and loosen the center bolt with a socket wrench. Remove the bolt completely and pull the idler pulley from the engine.
Is tensioner pulley and idler pulley the same?
The primary distinction between tensioners and idler pulleys is the presence of an adjustable bolt. Tensioners are positioned on the bolt through mounting. Idler pulleys are not mounted to an adjustable bolt. However, the differences between idler pulleys and tensioners also extend to purpose.