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What does a crankshaft pulley do?

The crankshaft pulley is mounted on the end of the crankshaft. Its purpose is to transmit mechanical power and torque through the pulley system to turn the drive belts that operate the engine accessories (alternator, air conditioning compressor, etc.).

What are the symptoms of a bad crankshaft pulley?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your crankshaft pulley:

  • Engine vibrations

  • Alternator failure - flickering headlights, car struggles to start

  • Rough engine idle

What happens when we do a crankshaft pulley replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Check the condition of the crankshaft pulley.

  • If necessary, they will replace the crankshaft pulley.

  • Advise if any other related parts need to be replaced.

  • Test drive the car to check everything has been fitted correctly.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, what are the signs of a failing crankshaft pulley?

You may notice that your engine is vibrating more than usual, your car is rough when idle, struggles to start or stalls frequently.

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Want to learn more about Jaguar crankshaft pulley replacement?

What does a crankshaft pulley do?

The crankshaft pulley is positioned on the end of the crankshaft. It transmits mechanical power and torque through the pulley system which then operates the engine's accessories (alternator, air conditioning compressor, etc.) through the use of a rubber belt or system of belts.

The crankshaft pulley is also essential in ensuring other engine components operate in unison to allow the vehicle to run smoothly. Doubling up as an internal dampener, crankshaft pulleys also reduce the risk of damage to certain engine components as they reduce the vibrations caused as the engine runs.

The car crankshaft pulley may seem like a minor part in a vehicle, but it is actually a very important part and is vital in the smooth operation of a healthy car.

Jaguar

Jaguar is the luxury vehicle brand of Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar first appeared as a brand in 1945, when SS Cars Ltd. changed its name at a shareholder meeting; the company went on to have a variety of ownerships and mergers, including those with British Leyland, Ford and Tata Motors. After buying both Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford, Tata Motors combined both to create Jaguar Land Rover in 2013.

This executive British luxury brand currently has 360k vehicles on the road in the UK. Given their matching luxury price tag, it would be acceptable to think that the numbers would remain a steady constant, yet the marque has shown consistently growing numbers since the mid-1990s.

This could be partly due to recent fresh marketing strategies, targeting younger professionals to boost the sale of units, rather than relying on the older, executive drivers the brand previously associated with.

High-end, luxury executive motoring

The RRP of their cheapest model, the Jaguar E-Pace, hits the market at over £29k, and as each model brings something different to the range, their prices peak with the standard level Jaguar XJ starting at £65k. That’s before you begin to choose from the mass of customisations options, available at an added cost when building the finished specification of your car.

Jaguar: high-performance sports cars

There’s a lot more to a Jaguar than luxury upholstery and the famous badge on the grill.

Throughout history, Jaguar has been instrumental in providing high-spec indulgent sports cars; they are a combination of opulent luxury, cutting-edge technology, sporting dynamics and performance. Jaguar makes cars that can take you from 0–60mph in under 4 seconds with top speeds of over 200mph, but without any compromise to comfort and functionality.

An important addition to the Jaguar line-up was made in March 2018; the Jaguar I-Pace was their first electric car, and an SUV to boot. A bold decision to introduce new fuel technologies into a relatively new and growing model type, this was their car to compete against the Porsche Cayenne and long-established Range Rover.

How often should a crankshaft pulley need replacing?

A crankshaft pulley can last the lifetime of your car without failing, however unexpected issues can occur which may lead to your pulley needing to be replaced. In general, crankshaft pulleys are not part of regular maintenance so shouldn’t have to be repaired or replaced often

The car crankshaft pulley may seem like a minor part in a vehicle, but it is actually a very important component and is vital in the smooth operation of a healthy car. Therefore if you experience any of the symptoms above you should have your car inspected by a mechanic.

What happens during a crankshaft pulley repair?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Check the condition of the crankshaft pulley.

  • If necessary, they will replace the crankshaft pulley.

  • Advise if any other related parts need to be replaced.

  • Test drive the car to check everything has been fitted correctly.

What causes a crankshaft pulley to break?

When an engine has a bearing failure, this can cause issues for the crankshaft and the pulley tension. Similarly, if the belt tension is too tight or the auxiliary equipment has failed the pulley will also fail.

Most crankshaft pulleys also have a rubber element that is prone to deterioration as it is exposed to continuously changing conditions. If this wears out a replacement pulley will need to be fitted.

What are the symptoms of a failing crankshaft pulley?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • Engine vibrations

  • Alternator failure - flickering headlights, car struggles to start

  • Rough engine idle

  • Difficulty moving the steering wheel

  • Difficulty changing gears due to gearbox damage

How often should you replace your crankshaft pulley?

Generally a crankshaft pulley should last the lifetime of the vehicle, however wear and tear does occur so occasionally one may need to be replaced.

What happens during a crankshaft pulley repair?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Check the condition of the crankshaft pulley.

  • If necessary, they will replace the crankshaft pulley.

  • Advise if any other related parts need to be replaced.

  • Test drive the car to check everything has been fitted correctly.

What is the average life of a crankshaft pulley?

A crankshaft pulley can last the lifetime of your car without failing, however unexpected issues can occur which may lead to your pulley needing to be replaced. In general, crankshaft pulleys are not part of regular maintenance so shouldn’t cause you too many issues.

Can you drive with a broken crankshaft pulley?

You should avoid driving with a failing crankshaft pulley as it can cause serious and expensive damage to your engine. If the pulley breaks and the engine continues to run, serious damage could be done to the crankshaft, which would be a very extensive and costly repair. Other belts and components riding on the pulley could also break or become damaged.

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