1994 Ford Probe Repair Question
So basically, he gave up trying to get that pulley bolt drilled the rest of the way out and convinced me it's not worth me spending the $$$ to have him continue.
Does this sound feasible to any of you who know about this particular problem? I saw for myself the lack of space between the wheel-well and where the bolt for the pulley goes, but it just seems to me there should/could be another alternative to just trashing the car & engine because he's uncertain.
If it's the bolt in the crankshaft, the crankshaft can be replaced (not easy, but possible). If it's the bolt in the camshaft, IT can be replaced (much easier). I believe there is also a timing belt tensioner. If THAT is where the bolt broke, then it could be a problem, especially if the person doing the work screwed up and drilled into the block instead of the center of the bolt.
But pulleys are on the accessory drive belt, OUTSIDE the engine, not on the timing belt. DO you have any pictures you can upload?
i'll have the car back home later this afternoon and will take some pictures and upload them for you. Thanks SO MUCH for your time and help. :)
rivermikerat, i apologize for the delay... been super busy (i'm sure you've lost sleep waiting for the pictures! LOL) but i was able to take some snaps just now of the issue at hand.
let's try again...those are corrupt apparently.
Looking at it really closely, it looks like the left side timing belt idler/tensioner pulley mount. You need to gain access to the front of it so you can drill out the center of the bolt that is stuck in the threaded opening. You can buy a small left-hand-thread drill bit, so that as you're drilling the bolt, you're also working to remove it. With the drill bit, in a kit, you should also get a properly-sized screw extractor. I would recommend cleaning the bolt hole threads up some if the drill went off-center of the bolt at all.
You can cut the portion of the fenderwell away to get at the bolt better.