Q: Can I use a bigger top idler pulley on my SHO?

asked by on

I can't find the idler pulley I need ANYWHERE for my 1993 Ford Taurus SHO 3.2L. Not even the Ford parts counter at my local dealership could help. I ordered one that I thought may work, but its a bit bigger. It looks identical in every other way. The pulley I need is at the top and it looks to have room to fit, but I don't want to try it if I'm going to screw up my motor.

I'm attempting to learn how to work on cars, so I have a general knowledge but this is way beyond what I've learned. Any assistance or advice on how to replace a pulley that I can't even find an interchange part for is greatly appreciated.

My car has 135000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

You will need to remove the original idler pulley and install the new one and see if it turns freely and does not interfere at all. You will need to use the next longer serpentine belt to make room for the bigger pulley.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Can I use a bigger top idler pulley on my SHO?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My 2016 Ford focus SE keeps dying at stop lights. It'll sputter a little bit and cutoff and the battery light comes on. It'll star

It seems awfully new to be needing a battery. I certainly wouldn't recommend replacing it without having it tested. I would start by focusing on the stalling. Your car is very new to have any kind of mechanical failure. It...

Q: Q: Thermostat stuck

A stuck closed thermostat will cause a reduction of coolant getting into the radiator so heat can be transferred out of the cooling system. The thermostat will need to be replaced if it is indeed stuck closed and the cooling...

Q: Car starts, then won't restart, then starts again

Hi thanks for the question, problems like this can be as hard to diagnose as they are to live with. It sounds like you may have some intermittent electrical issue. This will require a skilled technician that has the knowhow...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...