Hi I'm a new member but have lurked on and off over the years and have found many helpful and insightful comments and discussion threads here. Thank you.
I have a 1999 CR-V automatic FWD with 188,000mi.
I recently noticed my crankshaft pulley is wobbling pretty bad. It looks like it's spinning close to an 1/8 of an inch out of round on the outside. There is a faint smell of cooking rubber coming from that side of the engine compartment. I took it in to a shop to have it looked at with the idea that maybe the pulley needed to be replaced. The mechanic told me that the nut that holds the pulley on was wobbling just as bad as the pulley so he doesn't think that replacing the pulley would help. He basically told me that I could keep driving it for now, but that I should keep an eye on it and that I'm looking at having to replace the engine or whole car soon because replacing the possibly bent crankshaft could end up costing more than the car is worth. He charged me nothing and I'm grateful for his advice. One weird thing though is that the pulley does not wobble shortly after a cold start. It only only starts wobbling bad after the car has been running for a while. How could this be possible if the crankshaft was bent?
Anyone have any thoughts about what I should do? Is the vehicle safe to drive? Is there anything that could cause this besides the crankshaft or crank bearings being shot? I very much appreciate and thoughts comments or suggestions in advance.