Noisy Idler Pulley Bearing Quick Fix

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Nomen Nescio, May 12, 2006.

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    Nomen Nescio Guest

    Use an insulin hypodermic to inject a few drops of SAE 90 gear oil through
    the rubber seal and into the ball assembly. This will fix dry sealed ball
    bearings. If your car has 100,000 miles or more, you bearings are in need
    of oil replenishment.

    You may also have dry ball bearings almost anywhere. If a bearing starts
    to squeal or looks like it could benefit from oil, inject it as preventive
    maintenance to save major expense of replacement.

    This tip brought to you by Nomen the Megaposter
    Nomen Nescio, May 12, 2006
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    Jim Warman Guest

    If you have a dry, noisey idler pulley bearing, the bearing is usually well
    on it's way to being damaged... If you don't mind waiting beside the highway
    when a suspect bearing is treated in this manner fails, I'm sure that Nomen
    the megadorker will come and spend the time visiting with you.

    These sorts of signs tell us that we have a hurtin' unit... certainly,
    giving one of these bearings will extend it's life span.... but we have no
    way of knowing how much.... We can now hear the dice rolling....

    For my part, the repair, at my convenience when the noise is first
    encountered, is much easier to take than sitting alongside the road in God
    know's what kind of weather (unable to run the car to keep warm) and being
    late for some important event. My time is too valuable to me to waste my
    time away from work on breakdowns..... my loving bride is much too important
    to me for me to risk stranding her along our highways and byways...

    OTOH, if anyone feels that they are only worth a "bitch-fix"... go for it.
    Jim Warman, May 12, 2006
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    Bret Ludwig Guest

    A new one can fail too.
    I would grease the thing first as it will squeak loudly again before
    Bret Ludwig, May 12, 2006
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    Jim Warman Guest

    Not always.... there's at least 3 or 4 times a month I'll get something up
    on the hoist and think..."I just back off the highway with THAT!!!"...

    If there is one thing I have learned in nearly 40 years... there are no
    Jim Warman, May 12, 2006
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    Richard Guest

    Of course there is. Death and Taxes.
    Richard, May 12, 2006
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    Jim Warman Guest

    And engineers have had nothing to do with either...
    Jim Warman, May 12, 2006
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Some previous shuttle astronauts might disagree with you. :)

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, May 12, 2006
  8. Whereupon it will leak right back out through the hole you have now created.
    Of course, you could seal it up with bathtub caulk. :)

    I think this would be a good way to bust insulin needles, the rubber used
    in such things is generally a lot tougher than flesh.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, May 13, 2006
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