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2.5L Rabbit - lower idler pulley removal

ckev70

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San Jose, CA
2007 VW Rabbit. Pulleys were making noise. I've replaced the upper idler pulley, both tensioners and the belts. Couldn't access the lower pulley since my torx socket didn't have enough clearance. Any hints? else i would need to find a torx bit (similar to the triple square) for the tensioners.
 

ckev70

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Location
San Jose, CA
ordered a Neiko mini Ratchet offset with the torx bit but the ratchet gear broke due to it's design and inability for higher torques. Ordered a Felo...will update once i get this.
 

ckev70

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Location
San Jose, CA
ordered a Neiko mini Ratchet offset with the torx bit but the ratchet gear broke due to it's design and inability for higher torques. Ordered a Felo...will update once i get this.
Tools used:
Felo 0715761569 Mini Ratchet bit
Harbor Freight - 100 Pc Security Bit set - T40, T30, T25 bits
M10 Spline 75 mm - Triple Square
10 mm Socket - Craftsman
GearHead 3/8" Swivel head ratchet

Option 1: Lower Pulley Replacement:
T40 bit and a small strong mini ratchet are required to get into the small space between the pulley and the frame

Option 2: Lower Pulley + Bracket Replacement
Remove T25 screw holding down the AC lines (along frame)
Remove T30 screw next to radiator holding AC line in place
Remove 2 M10 Bolts

Hint: I used painters tape across the bottom half of the mount/pulley to the alternator pulley so it doesn't drop while i put back in one of the bolts.
 

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