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Old 05-15-2012, 12:56 PM   #431
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i have one heck of a story trying to find this stupid tension pulley.
so i went to the pick and pull yard expecting to find one right away. paid $3 to get in, and they had 6 focuses from 2000-2002. turns out, 3 of them didn't have engines, and 3 of them had SPI engines. they all had blown engines (hmm, i wonder why?) so they didn't even have a tensioner that i seen..
i did manage to walk away with 4 lugs, a clip for my radiator hosing, and a new cig lighter thing, all for free. there was a nice radio bezel but i'm guessing they probably want like $15 bucks for it, so i passed on that.

anyways, i went down the road to an auto place where they pull the parts for you. they said they have the pulley, and they'd have it in 30 minutes. so i walked a few blocks down the street and ran into another salvage yard. called them and they said they don't sell parts, they're just a tow yard or something; so try this place down the street. i called the other place which was 2 blocks from where i was waiting for the guys to pull my part out, and got an estimate of the exact same price for the part, and it's sitting on the shelf ready to go. so i waited an HOUR for them to pull out the tensioner, just to find out it was even more corroded and rusted out than the one i have now. i even said, "this spring is shot.. why would you even try selling this to me."

so i called the place down the road and since they had it on a shelf, i went and checked it out. it is in great shape, and i picked it up right away. good spring, and in good shape all together. picked that up for the exact same price, and it has a 90 day warranty.

sorry about the blabbing, i was just really irritated with those a$$es. so i got my pulley, and am about to put it on.

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