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Old June 2nd, 2020, 10:55   #1
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Default 08 Jetta 2.5 with Automatic Questions

Servicing my daughter's 08. About 70k on car. Conti belts are full of cracks, so I'm going to change those again. Are the serpentine pulleys a replace item or do you leave them alone if they are smooth with no play? I've only had one go bad at about 200k on another car. Also, there is some play where the axles bolt to the Aisin transmission, both lateral and longitudinal. Since the play is on both sides, I assume it's normal. Is it normal? Thanks.
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Old June 2nd, 2020, 11:15   #2
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If you spin the pulleys and they do not make noise and spin freely, then
I would leave them alone. Also grab the pulley and turn slowly back and forth, feeling for a bad bearing.

No comment on the Trans.
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