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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 Nissan 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.

Nissan

The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer, established over 85 years ago, in 1933.

Currently, they operate as part of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, incorporating two other industry giants under their umbrella operation.

Nissan has always been a popular household name, and recently a bestseller to boot, with around 1.7million vehicles on the UK roads today.

Their introduction to the SUV market happened in 2007 with the Qashqai, and in 2018 it was announced as the 4th best-selling car in the UK.

Stylish well-priced cars for the road, off-road and the track

Nissan’s various sized and styled SUVs are well priced with something for both urban and adventure seeking drivers. The British built Nissan Qashqai has made great waves since its introduction and its smaller compact crossover cousin, the Nissan Juke, isn’t going to be too far behind for long.

Nissan’s latest electric models

The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric compact hatchback that is leading the way in this fast-growing and competitive market. It became the world’s best selling electric car in 2014, holding 45% of the all-electric car market.

Nissan’s second zero emissions vehicle is the E-NV200 Combi, a 5- or 7-seater MPV utilising the same technologies as the ground- and record-breaking Leaf.

The Nissan GT-R: true track performance

With increased torque and horsepower, the latest GT-R delivers up to 3.8-litres of twin-turbo V6 performance, an incredibly clean drag coefficient providing more consistent downforce, and utilising Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control to consistently monitor steering and braking, this Nissan technology automatically makes compensations to oversteer, understeer, engine speed and braking to provide maximum performance with minimum effort.

And if you can’t quite stretch to the £80k+ price tag for your performance sports car, then the Nissan 370Z could be a more affordable option starting at the lower base price of £29k.

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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