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Tensioner pulley shaking and making noise, video included


Recently, I started my car and heard rattling under the hood. I went to take a look and found the sound coming from the serpentine belt area. Turns out the tensioner pulley was shaking side to side and making a good bit of noise, like a sewing machine. I also checked the arrow indicator and the arrow was to the left of the bar, which according to this thread by AznAccord08 means I have to replace the belt and pulley.

http://radio-pro.ru/forums/sh...d.php?p=624170

You can see and hear the pulley in the included video. The car is at 113,000 miles now and I had the serpentine belt changed about 30,000 miles ago. Any idea how much this repair/replacement will set me back? Thanks!


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Recently, I started my car and heard rattling under the hood. I went to take a look and found the sound coming from the serpentine belt area. Turns out the tensioner pulley was shaking side to side and making a good bit of noise, like a sewing machine. I also checked the arrow indicator and the arrow was to the left of the bar, which according to this thread by AznAccord08 means I have to replace the belt and pulley.

http://radio-pro.ru/forums/sh...d.php?p=624170

You can see and hear the pulley in the included video. The car is at 113,000 miles now and I had the serpentine belt changed about 30,000 miles ago. Any idea how much this repair/replacement will set me back? Thanks!
Mine makes that noise too, didn't realize it wasnt supposed to.


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The pulley is like 20 bucks at advance auto parts. But what is really messed up is the bearing inside the pulley. My car was doing the same.
I did something i shouldn't have done but w.e, i bought the pulley and switched the bearings and then returned the new pulley with the old bearing in it. The fix came out free. The pulley is easy to change though just loose up the bolt take out the pulley and put the new one in. i would go ahead and change the belt as well.

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Mine makes that noise too, didn't realize it wasnt supposed to.
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The pulley is like 20 bucks at advance auto parts. But what is really messed up is the bearing inside the pulley. My car was doing the same.
I did something i shouldn't have done but w.e, i bought the pulley and switched the bearings and then returned the new pulley with the old bearing in it. The fix came out free. The pulley is easy to change though just loose up the bolt take out the pulley and put the new one in. i would go ahead and change the belt as well.
Wow, I'm glad to hear it's so cheap. I don't think I'll need to do a switcheroo, in that case.

I had a feeling it was bad bearing causing the shaking, though. Last time I had a local shop change my belt, but I think I'll save money on labor this time around and change the belt and the pulley, too.

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Do you have to change the belt when you change the pulley? Because like Devious I changed my belt recently too, this was back in may, also what size wrench/socket do you need to replace the tensioner pulley? (The one on the top)

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Bad bearing. You just need an extended wrench to loosen it. You might as well change the belt since you are in the area. But if you don't see any cracks on the belt, then there is no need to change it.
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Bad bearing. You just need an extended wrench to loosen it. You might as well change the belt since you are in the area. But if you don't see any cracks on the belt, then there is no need to change it.
But doesn't the wrench have to be a certain size to fit? I'm excited to do this, looks like an easy fix, not expensive and ill finally be rid of that sound!

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I'm excited to tackle this, too! I'll look at my belt later and opt not to replace it if it still looks good.

Question though:

Am I looking to buy just the pulley



or the pulley with arm piece?



It would seem that we only need to replace the pulley because the bearings are gone, but checking to be sure.

I also found this belt changing video on youtube that will helpful for this task.


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You need either a long 14mm zero offset wrench or a serpentine belt tool,




You will need some other sizes of wrenches also to get the tensioner pulley off. I don't know that size on top of my head.
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Pretty sure it's a 14mm bolt. I used a 14mm socket on a 3/8" breakerbar, and a 12" piece of pipe over the breakerbar handle for leverage. If you aren't changing the belt, you can just leave it routed around everything else, and just slip it off the tensioner and back on after changing the pulley. I certainly wouldn't change the tensioner itself, unless it is bad.

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I did something i shouldn't have done but w.e, i bought the pulley and switched the bearings and then returned the new pulley with the old bearing in it. The fix came out free.
Not free, you stole it. Plain and simple. You can afford all those mods on your car and you pull that stunt. Please check your mailbox, I have something for you. Now someone will install the part, have issues with it and have to deal with it a second time. All because of your actions.
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I did something i shouldn't have done but w.e, i bought the pulley and switched the bearings and then returned the new pulley with the old bearing in it. The fix came out free. The pulley is easy to change though just loose up the bolt take out the pulley and put the new one in. i would go ahead and change the belt as well.
Shameful, just shameful.

I don't know which is worse, the fact that you did this in the first place, or that you would have no shame to then come to DA to brag about knowing full well you should not have done it..........

What's next for you? Print some counterfeit money to deposit in the ATM and then withdraw real money? Not much difference.

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Shameful, just shameful.

I don't know which is worse, the fact that you did this in the first place, or that you would have no shame to then come to DA to brag about knowing full well you should not have done it..........

What's next for you? Print some counterfeit money to deposit in the ATM and then withdraw real money? Not much difference.

My very first thought was. He's "Pretty young". Doesnt excuse it.. just expains alot...
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Someday someone will do something like that to you..... and you wont like it..... So remember what you did now for when that happens......

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