But I made it, and this morning I went out to look at it with that sinking feeling you get when you know your whole paycheck is going to an auto shop. But wonder of wonders, it was just the idler pulley! The bearings went bad and the pulley shredded, but I took the pulley off and started the two mile walk into town with it in my pocket.
My karma must have been good today. My neighbor Jodi passed me and turned around when I'd only walked about 1/4 of a mile. She drove me around town to three different auto parts stores until I found one with the part. I came home, popped it on, and I'm back in business for $25.
Yay! This turned out good in so many ways, I can't even tell you. The Gods must be smiling on me today. Maybe I should sacrifice a cat to thank them.