When removing the idler pulley and upper timing belt cover, pay attention to how the washers are on the bolt. Remove a water pump belt cover and idler pulley with tips from a certified auto mechanic in this free video on car engine repairs.
In this clip, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure to replace your engine's timing belt, and water pump. In this step, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure for removing an engine idler pulley, and your timing belt cover, and motor mount bracket. This is one of your idler pulleys, and it has to come off, in order to sneak this belt cover out of the way. You're just going to remove the bolt on the front of it. Once your have it broken loose, most of the time, you can spin them out by hand. You're going to want to pay particular attention to the way the washers are on the bolt. Some of them are there for spacing, and some of them are actually seals, to keep dirt and road debris out of the bearing. It's a good idea not to fully disassemble it, when you have it off, and there you go. That is how you pull one of those out. As you can see, you have the seal inside here, and a washer and seal here. You're going to want to make sure to keep the same bolt, with the same pulley. You're going to set this in your magnetic tray assembled, for later re-installation. Once you have the pulleys and any other components that have to come off out of the way, you can go ahead and begin removing timing belt cover bolts. You can see we have one here. All right, we got one there, and they're going to work their way around the front of the motor, in a relatively evenly spaced pattern.We're just going to continue. All right, we're going to set this aside in our magnetic tray, for later re-installation. Now, we have a bunch more, and they're going to go all the way around the timing belt cover, at a relatively evenly spaced interval. My next one is right here, and I'm going to go ahead a slip my ratchet on there, and undo the bolt, and go ahead and put that in the magnetic tray as well, and we're going to get the last one, that you guys can see. That's going to be right here. We can go ahead and unscrew this one, and like I said, this will be the last one that you guys can really see. You're going to want to make sure to be real careful with these covers. They do have to go back on the vehicle, and they break very easily. I think that's by design. I'll go ahead and finish off my last bolt there, so you can see the cover is beginning to get loose, and you're going to want to wiggle it around, until you can get it all the way out. Like I said, take very careful care of this kind of stuff. It's expensive, and very brittle. You may have to manipulate the engine up and down, in order to slip it in and out, of it's location, and there you go. That is the proper service procedure for removing your idler pulley, and the upper timing belt cover.