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Old 08-23-2001, 01:51 AM
JDUB JDUB is offline
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If your threaded rod is stripped,it will probably need to be replaced. The tensioner needs to be pulled because the rod is part of an assembley that locks on the tensioner only when it is removed. I can suggest a temporary fix for this. I loosened the 13mm tensioner nut and jammed in a spacer so the tensioner adjuster would grab where the threads were not stripped. I used a quarter inch U-bolt clamp as the spacer(it looks like a mini universal muffler clamp and is typically used for the cables on garage doors). I had to grind it down with a die grinder to make it fit, but I was able to tighten the serpantine belt and it lasted 3 years before I replaced the assembly when I did the water pump.
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1985 Mustang GT 5.0 5 SPD
1982 Suzuki GS 750T
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