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Hi guys, well i had just bought an ef xr6 and on the way home it threw the fan belft. We fixed it on the side of the road and about 10km later it threw that one as well. Help!!!! When we look at the pullies the tensioner seems to be spaced out further than the rest and it is just spaced out with nuts, is this normal? It dosent look right to me? What the problem seems to be is that the belt is running too far forward on the water pump, it over hangs about 20mm off the front of the water pump pulley. This in turn then drives the belf off the alternator, and rips strips off the off the belt. Any ideas would be muchly appreciated fellas, ive got a new car I cant drive, it looks good but dosent go!
 

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It might also have the wrong tensioner pulley installed. When my power steering tensioner bearing died the stupid mechanic replaced it with the wrong type and it keep throwing the belt at high rpm. It wasn't until I replaced the one on my brother's car that I realised I had the wrong one installed.
 

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Thanks guys, It seems the pulleys are not lined up, the tensioner is about 10mm forward than the rest, it has been spaced out with nuts????? I wonder why they would have done this?
 

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Can someone take a pic of theres so that we can tell if it is sposed to be spced out, you could always try to remove 1 of these nuts.
 

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A pulley packed out - I'll say that the thread is stripped back where the nut should be and the dodgy bastards have spaced it out just far enough to put the nut on some good thread but cocking up the pulley alignment - in which case put the spacer on the other side of the pulley & it should line up again - in fact that may be where it's supposed to be in the first place - maybe they had no idea what they were doing.
 

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Looking at the Gregory's manual it should have no nuts just bolts that attach it to the block (through the timing cover).
 

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hmmmn, I wonder why they would have spaced it out? its a little worring. I have contacted the guy I bought it off and he has offered to get it towed back to his house and take it to the mechanic on monday. Im just worried they have spaced it out to try and aleviate some other problem. The other strange thing is the guy I bought it off has had the car for a year and he says he has never had any work done to it, and has never had any problems with the fan belf. So if it was the spacing, why would it all of a sudden start coming off the first day I have it?
 

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I would get it checked by your own mechanic 1st before letting it go back to someone you dont obviously trust
 

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Exactly idler pullies are not that expensive, just replace it.. Or as said try removing the spacers...This could lead to further damage and break down at the least convieniant time, believe me.. You don't get old without getting cunning...I hope !!!
 

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Yer there should be no spacers, it goes straight onto the timing case. Check the condition of the idler pulley as well, it should be completely flat, if there is a lip it has pretty excessive wear and should be replaced, not expensive, bout $20 for the pulley. Just bolts on form the back, remove the nut, take the old pulley off, put new one on and bolt back. Simple!
 

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idler pullies arnt hard to replace... just buy them and do them yourself... prob take half an hour max and u dont need special tools... have a go! :hy: just line the belts up the way they originaly were!!!
 

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well we removed the spacing and bingo all the pulleys line up perfectly, beautifull we think, fire it up and bingo its as straight as a die on the water pump. The problem is this time it is working its way off the balancer, any way to cut a long story short, the balancer it stuffed, its started to seperate and the outside is about 15mm forward. Any idea on how much these are worth?
 
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