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Symptoms of a Failing or Bad Functional Idler Pulley

Functional Idler pulleys are the engine pulleys in charge of directing and tensioning the engine drive belts. The engine drive belts are routed in a certain way around numerous engine components like the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, and air conditioner compressor. The functional idler pulley's purpose is to offer another smooth rotating point for the engine belt to loop around to accomplish the correct routing. Although some designs use more than one idler, most engines only have one idler and one tensioner pulley. Functional idler pulley will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. A faulty or failing functional idler pulley will usually give a few signs that will alert the driver to the problem.

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1. Pulleys that are visibly worn

2. Squealing of the belt

3. Worn-out bearings or pulleys



1. Pulleys that are visibly worn


Visible wear on the functional idler pulley is one of the earliest signs of a problem with the pulley. Both the pulley and the belt will eventually wear down as the pulley spins against the belt. As a result of contact with the belt, visible scoring lines on the surface of the pulley may appear. The pulley and belt will eventually wear down to the point where tension is reduced, causing the belt to slip.



2. Squealing of the belt


Squealing from the engine belts is another common indicator of a possible functional idler pulley problem. The engine belt may squeal as it rubs against the surface of the functional idler pulley if the surface of the pulley wears down, or if the pulley seizes or binds. When the engine is first started, a faulty pulley may bind or slip, causing the belt to screech. As the pulley wears down, the problem will become worse.



3. Worn-out bearings or pulleys


A broken bearing or pulley is another, more obvious, an indicator of an idler pulley problem. In more severe circumstances, the bearing or pulley may wear down to the point of fracturing or cracking, and then coming apart or seizing. This can throw the belt's rotation off and cause a slew of issues. A seized or broken pulley can swiftly result in a ripped belt or, in less catastrophic circumstances, the engine belt sliding off. Because the drive belt permits the engine accessories to work, an engine without a belt might quickly experience troubles such as overheating and stalling.


Functional idler pulleys are a typical component found on most road vehicles that will need to be replaced at some point, especially in vehicles with a lot of miles on them. The serpentine belt and pulleys allow the engine to run effectively after it has been started, hence any of the engine pulleys are critical to the general performance of the engine. If you suspect an issue with your functional idler pulley, get the vehicle evaluated by a competent mechanic to see if the pulley needs to be changed.


If you are interested in the functional idler pulley, please don't hesitate to contact us at SIMA to learn more about these items. SIMA was established in 2014, has many years of experience in conveyor industry installation services, knows how to maintain the safe and efficient operation of conveyors well, which allow us to provide you excellent overall conveyor solutions, to work with you together to determine the best design solutions.



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