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Old 11-03-2001, 08:34 PM   #1
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I installed my lightened pulley set (the ps and crank) a few days ago and the car seemed to be running fine. Today I put in the alt. pulley and now my car is making a clinking noise and the crank pulley is wobbling. What's going on?!? Please help me!

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Old 11-03-2001, 08:38 PM   #2
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sounds like you flubbed up the installation. I haven't taken a close look at my pulleys but the older subaru pulleys were held on with four bolts. sounds like you installed the pulley cocked and tightened the bolts while it was cocked, locking it in place. the knocking noise could be caused by this.
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Old 11-03-2001, 08:42 PM   #3
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the bolts could have come loose as well. sometimes it's hard tightening bolts when the crank spins on you.
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Old 11-03-2001, 08:54 PM   #4
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Ok, I tried to take it off and put it back on again, but the pulley seems stuck. I got the bolt off but the pulley won't budge!

This sucks!

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Old 11-03-2001, 09:08 PM   #5
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I hate to say this but it does indeed sound like it's cocked on the crank.
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Old 11-03-2001, 09:13 PM   #6
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How can I get it off? Have I done some big damage or can I recover?

This just keeps getting worse! Doh!

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Old 11-03-2001, 10:00 PM   #7
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Please help me, I can't start my car until I fix this.

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Old 11-03-2001, 10:20 PM   #8
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I guess I'm pretty much a$$ed out.

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if you can get a pry bar in there and can get leverage withoug smashing something like the timing belt covers, try giving it a little bit of a pry on the part of the pulley that has the least clearance between it and the engine. leave the pulley bolt about half way screwed in so that if the pulley flies off, it won't damage the radiator.

to find the spot with the least amount of clearance between the pulley and the motor, have someone crank the engine while you watch. unplug the coil or somehthing so the motor doesn't start.

there may be a special puller but to get it in place, you'll likely have to pull the radiator and perhaps the A/C condensor.

just a guess but... maybe the pulley is just bent from overtigtening the belt. if that were the case, it should come off as easily as the stock one did.
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Old 11-04-2001, 01:47 AM   #10
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You will need a puller to pull it off of there. You can try a pry bar but be very careful. I believe that the pulley has a small notch in it and in the crank. You insert a woodruff key into the notch on the crank, align the notch on the pulley, push the pulley on to the crank and then really tighten down on the crank pulley bolt.

Atleast this is the way it was on my wifes 1990 2.2l Legacy L. The woodruff key had snapped in two letting the engine run but all of the belts didn't turn. Unfortunately for me the key had welded itself into the pulley and into the crank notch. It was not a fun job.

Anyway, get the pulley off. And if it has that little key thing, double check to make sure it is ok. If not it's about $1.00 - $2.00 from Subaru.

(You will need to pull the fans off and maybe the radiator. I did my wifes car with the rad on just inserted a piece of 1/4 plywood inbetween when working down there so I wouldn't bend the fins.)
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Old 11-04-2001, 06:15 AM   #11
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Well, I got the pulley off and it seems like the notch for the little key didn't fit so it wound up being tightened on a flat part of the pulley. Now there's a second shallow notch on the pulley where the key was tightened against the pulley. I tried reinstalling the pulley but it just wouldn't fit. So I put the stock pulley back on until I can figure out what to do. Any advice? Will the deformation (the new notch) cause problems even if I can get the pulley to fit? What a disappointment.

Thanks for all the help though, I really appreciate the board and its members at times like this.

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Old 11-04-2001, 07:06 PM   #12
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Im assumig this is an aluminum pulley.You mite try to file gently on the original notch till it matchs up and fits.But if it wobbles you got probs.Try to straighten out the dented part 1st.Or maybe hook it up to a drill,run up the rpms on the drill and see if it wobbles.Just try to get the mounting surface of the pulley parallel with where the belt rides.Easy fr me to say.Good luck with it.
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The pulley can't be bent while tightening the belts, which is good. You likely can smooth out the new notch you created and install the pulley the correct way and have no problems at all.

If you have trouble, I'm sure Braden can try (or I can if you got it from me) to have the machine shop smooth it out for you and make sure the hole is the proper round shape with one key notch.

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