First time poster here. My wife drives a 97 Corolla CE with the 1.6 engine. It's got 170K miles on it, and other than it being a loud engine, we've had very few issues with it. We've had the timing belt changed last year including the water pump; a power steering hose replaced, and of course, all the regular tune-up items (oil, plugs, filters, etc.) It's a good car! That's probably why we've kept it in the family for 13 years. Dang thing simply won't die.
Just yesterday, my wife fired the car up to go to work. I happened to be standing there by the car when she did, and I noticed a rattling noise coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment, somewhere around the belts/power steering pump/belt pulleys. I've read on this forum about folks replacing their drive belt tensioner pulleys due to faulty bearings?, but it always seems to be a gen 8 or 9 Corolla; I think ours is gen 7.
Anyway, my question is this: do you think the rattling noise is coming from my drive belt tensioner pulley (or is it called accessory belt idler pulley?) If so, can anyone out there give me some tips on replacing the tensioner pulley on a 97 Corolla? Of course, if it's not my drive belt tensioner, then I'd appreciate any opinions on what you might think it is. I'm able to do the work myself, just don't want to be throwing a bunch of unnecessary parts at the car without knowing exactly what my problem is.
Thanks a lot guys. I do appreciate your help with this.