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post #1 of 10 Old 04-16-2002, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Vortech idler pulley broke...common problem?

It looks like the pulley itself cracked off the bearing. The pulley is now pushed forward to a point where it's stuck. This caused the belt to come loose which left me stuck w/ no power steering, brakes, etc. Had to get towed. Is this a common problem?...what can cause this? Thanks

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Do you have the old "small" idler pully or the new updated one from Vortech which is like 2-3 times bigger. The older ones would go quite often due to their size...they were just spun way to damn fast.

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I also had a problem like yours when I had the old smaller idler. The new large one is supposed to be much more durable. I also had to be towed when my idler exploded. One thing, the belt was a hell of alot easier to change with the small pulley.


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How do you know if you have the smaller idler pulley? I may want to do some proactive maintenance...
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Does your idler look like this? If not then yours is the old one. As you can tell...running the 3.6" pully it's REALLY tight squeeze for the belt.

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This was a common problem with the older (smaller) idler pulley. It happened on mine (seized up), shredded the belt and I had to get towed.

Contact Vortech about it, it is a known design flaw and they will ship you a new bracket with a *much* improved idler pulley for free under the warranty. Besides a strengthened pulley design, a side benefit is you'll get a better wrap on the blower drive pulley which translates to less slippage/more boost (and yes, the larger idler means it is more difficult to install the belt).

You will have to provide a credit card number if you want the replacement bracket/pulley shipped in advance of the return, but they will refund the $240.00 something dollars when they receive your old bracket back. Good upgrade.

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Wow...yep, mine was definitely the smaller pulley. Funny thing is I just called Vortech and they said they have no history of any idler pulley's going bad for my car and the 2000 kit.

That braket you guys are talking about...would that still apply to the 2000 kit? Isn't the Vortech mounting bracket different between 99 and 00? To change out the pulley, I'd have to take off the whole bracket...99's you don't.
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Never had the idler itself "crack" but was shredding belts like there was no tomorrow. Switched to the new "idler" style pulley and had no problems. Vortech charged me and nothing was free by the way even though they know abou that poor design.... I think it was around $150 bones.

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The bracket is VERY DIFFERENT from the 96-99 and the 00+ motors. They have a much different belt routing scheme than a 96-99 and are a PITFA to get the belt on right.

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If you call vortech they will admit nothing. Check out the post where I called them on it and they lied in responding. However, they shipped me 2 pulleys because both their Gen I and Gen II pulleys failed. Both were bearing failure from spinning too fast. It is a common problem, I would like to see them just admit it and take care of their customers.

BTW, I just got my repaired blower back from them and 3 bolts stipped out within 30 days. I think they just got even with me. Hmm, no bolts strip out in 2 years and 3 in 30 days on a rebuilt unit I just get back from them.

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