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Old 12-13-2004, 08:40 PM   #1
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Tensioner Pulley Replacement

Anyone have the procedure?
Good Lord, I thought the new clutch was already making noise and going out.
Upon further investigation however, it's my tensioner pulley.
It's making a heck of a racket. "rattle rattle rattle"....ugly.

Just asking for the procedure, if I can't get scheduled in soon enough for the Dealer to do it.
The part is ordered and will be in on Wednesday the 15th.
BTW, for anyone that's had this go out......how long did you drive it before it seized up?
Frankly, I drove the Bronco today, but it did NOT like the 6.3F weather this morning.
BRRRRRR. I want my heated seats, but I don't want that pulley to seize up either.

Here's the suspect part. I see two 10mm bolts that hold the housing on.
But, how do you release the belt tension to get it off?
Amazing, you have to buy the entire unit, and not just the pulley itself.


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Old 12-13-2004, 08:45 PM   #2
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Yea same way on a Dodge caravan actually. I had to buy the whole water pump assembly just to replace the tensioner pully.
One of those bolts should allow the tensioner to be pulled inward so the belt could be slipped off.
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Old 12-13-2004, 08:52 PM   #3
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Found this, it might help.
To get the belt off, put a 14mm wrench on the bolt in the middle of the tensioner wheel and push toward the back of the car. Once the serpentine belt is off, you will never remember how it went on.
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Old 12-14-2004, 12:22 PM   #4
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I had the same problem on my daughter's Saturn. I was able to flip the bearing over so that it was turning the oposite direction and added a little Tri-Flow teflon oil to the bearing behind it's seal and it was still OK when she traded the car a couple years later. Saturn only sold the complete tensioner also, so I thought it was worth a try to lubricate it.
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Old 12-14-2004, 12:39 PM   #5
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dang, I'm amazed that I've had no problems with my car yet.....

11K miles and still running strong...
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Had mine done at the dealership under warrenty. I drove around for about a week and a half before they could look at it.
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I am just glade that we do not have to have that DAMN special tool to change the belt out. LIke the one you have to use on most other ford cars.
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Thanks for the replies.
Looks like I have an appointment at 1:00 tomorrow.
Might as well let the Dealer/Warranty take care of it.

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I drove around for about a week and a half before they could look at it.
Now ya tell me.
I drove the Bronco in again today.....at a wopping 8mpg.
At least it was a bit warmer. In fact, it finally got back above freezing.

Snow's a comin' tonight though!!!!
Get ready for a new Snow Pic in my gallery.
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Old 12-16-2004, 08:10 PM   #9
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Got it fixed today at lunch.
Dealer replaced it under warranty.
Purrin' like a kitten again.
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