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Can you replace just the pulley on a tensioner?
The tensioner pulley is on the end of a spring-loaded tensioner. More often than not, just the pulley goes bad on the tensioner, not the whole tensioner, and for most vehicles, you can purchase and replace the pulley instead of the tensioner itself.
Can you replace a belt tensioner yourself?
Serpentine belt replacement is easy because today’s automatic drive belt tensioners eliminate the need to loosen bolts or pry components into position for retensioning. Just rotate the tensioner, remove the old belt and install a new one.
How long does it take to replace a tensioner pulley?
What Is Tensioner Pulley Replacement? Replacing the pulley should only take an hour or two, and the parts will vary in cost from one type of car to the next.
Where is the tensioner located?
The belt tensioner is on the front of the engine, between the crankshaft and alternator pulleys.
How do I know if my tensioner pulley is bad?
1. Grinding or squeaking noise from the belts or tensioner. The most common symptom of a bad or failing drive belt tensioner is noise from the belts or tensioner. If the tensioner is loose the belts may squeak or squeal, especially when the engine is first started.
What are the symptoms of a bad tensioner pulley?
- Rust bleed and cracks. Appearance: Rust is bleeding between arm and base or dripping from the tensioner.
- Pulley bearing wear.
- Pulley wear.
- Tensioner assembly misalignment.
- Tensioner noise.
- Tensioner arm misalignment.
- Excessive tensioner arm oscillation.
- Binding or grinding tensioner arm movement.
Should you replace tensioner with serpentine belt?
There is no recommended timeframe in which to replace your tensioner, especially as the belt itself usually needs replacing before the tensioner does. However, you should inspect your tensioner each time you service your car to monitor its condition and replace it if necessary.
What sound does a bad tensioner pulley make?
Symptom 1: Squealing, rattling, or chirping. When the tensioner or tensioner pulley fails, the loss of tension can cause the belt and pulleys to make high-pitched rattling or chirping noises. If the pulley bearing completely fails, it can also cause a squealing or even a grinding noise.