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Old 01-31-2008, 08:34 AM
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Idler Pulley disaster

My truck is a 94.5 f-250 with a 7.3L. No A/c.
The Lower Idler pulley, Just below the tensioner, ate itself. I was only about three miles from a NAPA so I limped in and got a new pulley. The problem is the pulley they sold me is smooth, no ribs, yet the way the belt leads I think it should be a 7 rib pulley. (The original was lost off the road) Can anyone look at there set up and give me some advice... I put this smooth pulley on and drove home but I think I've got the wrong one???
I'm supposed to run about 200 miles North tomorrow but now I'm a little nervous about having to walk home in the snow.
Thanx in advance.

Brett
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:01 AM
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yeah ill go and look right now, mine blew apart twice and i replaced them all to be safe samething happened on our 03 dmax yesterday
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i have got a diagram made for you, how do i upload?
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:30 AM
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top idler is smooth, tensioner is smooth, bottom idler is rib
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:42 PM
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Thank you for the info. I ordered the ribbed one from ford and will switch the smooth one to the top. I guess it will be an adventure trying to get to the Ford dealer. Its about 15 miles. Do I have a chance? or should i just find another ride?
any thoughts.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:38 AM
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you should be alright, but when i have a idler go bad at work or my personal stuff, just to be safe to replace all the idlers and tensior and make sure to check everything else i have had alt. lock up 5 days after a new belt install and there goes the cost of the belt. Good Luck
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well I made it!! No problems. switched out the ribbed idler and also the smooth one on top. Have not done the tensioner but may do that next..

Thanx for your help.
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