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Old 08-06-2002, 12:49 PM   #10
RaceCarRiot
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Member#: 6542
Join Date: May 2001
Chapter/Region: South East
Vehicle:
1997 Ver IV
silver

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whoa, watch out! -- it could be the signs of your idler pulley/bearing on the a/c compressor starting to go.

mine started making all kinds of weird turbo whine-like noises right before it went...incidentally about 5 months after putting on the N1 pulleys, although they aren't underdriven.

you'll know when it goes, because you'll start your car, and hear the most awful metal-on-metal scraping you'll ever hear...as in you can't SHOUT over it. if it does, just remove the idler assembly, and you'll be fine...except you won't have any way to run your a/c. if you want to check it, i suppose you can remove the belts, and turn the pulley by hand -- the one i removed felt VERY gritty when i turned it.

here's the REAL beeeeyotch about the whole thing -- subaru doesn't sell the pulley/bearing separately, so you have to buy a WHOLE new assembly with the bracket, then disassemble that (the new bracket didn't fit my car) to get just the pulley/bearing assembly, and stick that on the old bracket. the entire assembly should run you $90-100 new...ugh...

i tried locating the pulley alone (for several months), and anything i could find in a junkyard was just as bad, so i just bought the whole thing new from the stealership. of course then once i got that back together, my a/c started that weird shuddering nonsense at idle (still works fine under load), so i've been running without a/c around town for almost a year...

-adam-
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