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What does a crankshaft pulley do?

The crankshaft pulley in its basic form are solid cast steel items that do not require any maintenance, nor are likely to require replacing.

A crankshaft damper pulley on the other hand is slightly different as it has a rubber element to it which acts to reduce engine vibration and is therefore also known as a harmonic balancer. Its essential function is reducing the amount of vibrations the crankshaft generates at certain speeds and preventing the resulting stress from breaking the crankshaft.

Both versions provide the driving force, via the auxiliary belt to power the engines ancillary components such as the alternator and power steering pump etc.

What does a crankshaft damper pulley replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will check the condition of the crankshaft damper.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the crankshaft damper.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will test drive the car and check everything works properly.

Can I do a crankshaft pulley myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a crankshaft pulley replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What happens when a crankshaft pulley (damper pulley) breaks?

  • When there is an uncommon noise coming from the engine bay.
  • When, under accelerating, there is an increasingly louder noise coming from the engine.
  • When the engine vibrates more than usual whilst driving.

How long will a crankshaft pulley replacement take?

On average, crankshaft pulley replacement times can range from 1 hour to over 1.5 hours with an average of around 1 hours. The time that the job takes will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace a crankshaft pulley (damper pulley)?

Generally the crankshaft damper pulley can list the lifetime of the vehicle, wear and tear does occur so occasionally one may require replacement. Inside the crankshaft damper unit especially the rubber element is prone to deterioration due to being exposed to continuously changing conditions. If not addressed it can fail at a certain point and potentially lead to further more severe engine problems.

Should you experience problems like those noted earlier then it is important to have the crankshaft damper inspected and, if necessary, have it replaced.

Can you drive without a crankshaft pulley?

If you suspect there is any issue with your crankshaft pulley or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect and do not drive the vehicle. Driving with a faulty crankshaft pulley is not advisable as it can lead to lead further complications on your vehicle and potentially engine damage.

When should I replace the crankshaft pulley?

A crankshaft pulley is generally only replaced when it is faulty, there is no set replacement interval. If you experience an issue with the crankshaft pulley and are not sure whether it needs replacing then it is advisable to get help from a professional mechanic. They can identify exactly which part is at fault and advise on next steps.

What causes crankshaft pulley failure?

The crankshaft consists of two main elements; a metal mass element that reduces the acceleration of the vibrations and a rubber element that absorbs the vibrations. Over time the part can deteriorate leading to a crankshaft pulley failure.

Is a faulty crankshaft pulley an MOT failure?

Although a crankshaft pulley in itself is not a car part that is checked during an MOT, a failing crankshaft pulley can result in excessive vibration of the engine, and in severe cases the engine can stall or misfire. Since the crankshaft pulley drives various belts in an engine, it is critical to get it fixed prior to an MOT test to avoid risking an MOT failure.

What can cause a crankshaft pulley to break?

The crankshaft pulley and its associated components are subject to constant tension and high temperatures which can cause it to deteriorate over time and ultimately fail.
Another cause of a the crankshaft pulley breaking is a loss of tension in the belt that drives the pulley, or an impact to the pulley that exceeds its design limits.

What is the average lifespan of a crankshaft pulley?

A crankshaft pulley is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle, however, in some cases it can unexpectedly break or fail especially due to issues accelerated wear and tear issues.

How much does it cost to replace a crankshaft pulley?

On average, a typical crankshaft pulley replacement costs £250, with prices ranging from £190 to £350. Ultimately, the cost of a crankshaft damper pulley replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your crankshaft damper pulley replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a crankshaft pulley replacement, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Crankshaft pulley. We have crankshaft pulley replacement prices for 37 different manufacturers.

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Alfa Romeo

£280 £238 - £441 Get exact price

Audi

£344 £342 - £546 Get exact price

BMW

£382 £386 - £557 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£205 £188 - £339 Get exact price

Chrysler

£186 £160 - £292 Get exact price

Citroen

£183 £217 - £299 Get exact price

Fiat

£166 £162 - £290 Get exact price

Ford

£221 £221 - £375 Get exact price

Honda

£280 £202 - £453 Get exact price

Hyundai

£178 £119 - £240 Get exact price

Jaguar

£204 £212 - £284 Get exact price

Jeep

£436 £515 - £597 Get exact price

Kia

£260 £145 - £413 Get exact price

Lancia

£150 £201 - £201 Get exact price

Land Rover

£331 £167 - £454 Get exact price

Lexus

£242 £189 - £398 Get exact price

Mazda

£205 £175 - £343 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£338 £211 - £1,097 Get exact price

MG

£203 £206 - £360 Get exact price

MINI

£278 £182 - £538 Get exact price

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£242 £255 - £365 Get exact price

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£268 £182 - £431 Get exact price

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£174 £193 - £283 Get exact price

Porsche

£188 £273 - £273 Get exact price

Renault

£225 £208 - £418 Get exact price

Rover

£255 £195 - £446 Get exact price

Saab

£220 £215 - £339 Get exact price

SEAT

£244 £242 - £457 Get exact price

Skoda

£136 £84 - £276 Get exact price

Smart

£197 £241 - £255 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£178 £189 - £262 Get exact price

Subaru

£224 £257 - £337 Get exact price

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£198 £205 - £353 Get exact price

Toyota

£374 £239 - £790 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£214 £191 - £372 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£230 £212 - £374 Get exact price

Volvo

£202 £171 - £305 Get exact price

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  • Carbodies
  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Bentley
  • Cadillac
  • LDV
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Austin
  • Daewoo
  • Daimler
  • Dodge
  • FSO
  • Iveco
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Dacia
  • Aston Martin
  • Daihatsu
  • Isuzu
  • Lada
  • Lotus
  • Maserati
  • Proton
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a crankshaft pulley replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Crankshaft Pulley replacement quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£385.09

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MINI Mini
Falkirk
£396.28

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BMW 3 Series
Borehamwood
£173.62

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Vauxhall Zafira
Exeter
£157.28

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Hyundai Getz
Willenhall

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