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What would cause the lower front pulley on a 1996 Dodge Neon to not turn but all of the others do?

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2015-07-17 17:43:04
2015-07-17 17:43:04

Sounds like the bearing is seized on the lower pulley. Remove the pulley and check the bearing. . John In Montana

If you are trying to move the the bottom pulley without a socket it is not easily done ! this is the crankshaft pulley and is connected to the cam by the timing belt ! turning this pulley is in turn trying to turn the whole engine over against the compression of the cylinders ! If your engine is still assembled you can put a socket on the bolt and should be able to turn it with some effort !! if there was an engine problem that brought you to this point , and the engine will not turn over with the socket (or only goes part way) you may have a busted timing belt or a more severe problem internally ! Good Luck !

The lower front pulley should be your a/c compressor. If it is not engaging or cycling you may have to charge with freon. Or the compressor is locked up. Is the belt squeeling? You can bypass the compresssor with a shorter belt to get you by.

This pulley is the A/C Compressor - It is common for the compressor to seize up. However, be sure you're looking at the pulley and not the clutch on the outside of the pulley - It will only turn when the Compressor Clutch is engaged. If the Compressor IS locked up, you're serpentine belt will need to be replaced also. The A/C system will need to be drained before the compressor can we removed.

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