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Old 11-29-2004, 15:39   #1 (permalink)
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Urgent help re: Tensioner pulley

Hi all,

Destroyed the bearings in the pulley which hangs off the serpentine belt tensioner. It appears the pulley does not come off - the tensioner is a whole assembly.

Repco are telling me the instructions say to use existing bracket - but the pulley doesnt come off!!!!!!

Anyone got any advice/suggestions/knowledge about the tensioner? Is it similar to the 6cyl one?

Not THAT urgent but i need to get one today over the phone, lol

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Old 11-29-2004, 16:12   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Urgent help re: Tensioner pulley

I thought the same as a 6, undo the big bolt all the way, and the bearing/tensioner will come off, then just slot the new one on, and do the big nut up lightly and apply tension to the inner rod as per normal.
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Old 11-29-2004, 18:11   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Urgent help re: Tensioner pulley

I don't see any way it can come off because the pulley isn't held on by a bolt, looks like it is a complete 1 piece unit. I would try Ford spare parts as they have all the part diagrams on computer so should be able to tell you straight away.
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Old 11-29-2004, 18:13   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Urgent help re: Tensioner pulley

Crisis over!!!

Repco didnt really stand a chance, lol. They had the pulley but as you noted Grant, i dont see how it possible comes off the tensioner. I'd actually like to know how the buggers are assembled!!!

Motor traders had it in stock, $120. Dont deliver unless you're a tradesman - not much good when the car isnt drivable!

Ford spare parts have em, $97.50 and will be at my office in about 2 hours! Brilliant!!

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Re: Urgent help re: Tensioner pulley

A good result there 4.9, must be suprised that ford charged less?
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I would imagine they are pressed together, the centre looks like it could be pressed out but if the new one is only $100 why bother. Wonder if the CAPA belt had anything to do with it, dont know if yours is the same as mine but I find it way to tight.
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The 6cyl just unbolts, must be a different setup for the 8. ( i have yet to look at it)
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Yes i put it down to a combination of things:

Car/engine/bearings in pulley are all 10 years old
Was pretty bloody hot yesterday!
Saw some decent revs coming out of the roundabout
Maybe the shorter CAPA belt. Although i note the wear marks on the tensioner did not suggest it was too tight...

Barnacus - I'm completely dumbfounded ford had the best price!!!!

Tell ya what tho (lucky it was right near my house as it spat the belt off) but the power it freed up was incredible. Was backing into the carport and the thing was moving uphill in reverse at idle! A LOT of parastic drain on these things.
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Re: Urgent help re: Tensioner pulley

Keep that old tensioner for me - I might use it to get drawings for some billet tensioners...
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Keep that old tensioner for me - I might use it to get drawings for some billet tensioners...
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No worries Shane, she's all yours. It's all still in one piece, just the bearings (or the casing) have collapsed inside the pulley.

I'll throw it in my boot so should have it with me next time i see you.

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PS. All sorted out now But bugger i HATE the way these tensioners work. Gotta get myself a decent breaker bar, levering shit with a mop isnt a good look. lol
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