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How to fix a broken idler pulley mount 1997 f150

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how to fix a broken idler pulley mount 1997 f150
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
4.6, mount is white metal dowel type inserted in block, and acts like a shaft for the idler pulley
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 9 years ago.

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You first off need to remove the belt. Then you will have access to get the idler off.



Customer: replied 9 years ago.
that is done. There is a dowel made out of white metal that the center bolt is into. The dowel is broken off
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
the idler is off, that is NOT my question
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 9 years ago.

So the bolt in the middle of the idler has broken off in the engine?

Is it flush or is it hanging out a little?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
the bolt is not broken off, the shaft that the pulley rideson is broken off
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 9 years ago.

That means the bolt in the center of the idler is broken. A new ford idler comes with the bolt in it which is also the shaft.

You will need to remove the bolt/shaft using channel locks or vise grips or abolt out sockets.

Customer: replied 9 years ago.

no that is NOT what I mean.


There is a shaft made of white metal, like a dowel,


that is pressed into the front of the block.


The pulley bolt is tapped into the center of the shaft.


The shaft is broken off at the block.


The bolt came off with the 1/2 inch piece of the stud, or shaft, or spindle, that snapped off flush with the block.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 9 years ago.
Oh ok I get it. This menas you are going to have to replace the aluminum engine front cover.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.

Not so.

The stud is white metal set into the cast iron of the block.

I was thinking of making something out of brass.

About 1/2 inch brass rod drill and tap and then foce it into the block.

Other than that I don't know

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 9 years ago.

From this picture it sure looks like its a part of the front cover which is aluminum (white metal)




Customer: replied 9 years ago.

is that the entire front of the engine?

means the water pump and everythingelse will come off?


i will have to put a magnet on it but it looks cast iron to me.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 9 years ago.
The front cover covers the front of the engine thus hiding the timing chains.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
sounds like a really bad design
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 9 years ago.
Sorry I didnt make it
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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
well I guess you made it alright. if thats the way it is , it's not your fault that it isn't made to repaired. just wonder why they use that crappy pot metal.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 9 years ago.
You may get lucky and get some one to perform some tig welding and get this stud back attached.