[í97 Prelude 2.2L VTiR]
Have a question about the crankshaft pulley... I was driving and heard squealing noises, then a loud clunking sound. Pulled over immediately and found the alternator belt had a rip (lengthwise) and the A/C belt had come right off.
Removed the belts and when I tried to turn the engine over there was an immediate (and terrible) clanking sound, so shut it off.
I towed the car home, hoping it was just a belt problem but when I stick my hand down to the crankshaft I can feel that the crankshaft pulley is really loose (I can wobble it back and forth - around 10mm) - which I assume is the source of the clanking noise?
I removed the front RH wheel and had a feel through the access hole to the crank bolt and that wasnít loose (by hand anyway) so now I donít know why there is room for the crankshaft pulley to wobble.
The car is due for a replacement timing belt and Iím worried this might have gone
Does anyone know if this might be the case (or what else might result in the crankshaft pulley becoming so loose)?
I donít have the tools (or skill) to replace the pulley myself and I guess Iím trying to decide if itís even worth towing it to the shop to have it looked at Ė really suffering cash flow issues here and not sure if I can afford to pay $700+ in labour to have the mechanic tell me the engine is toast...
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.