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Old 09-30-2001, 08:30 AM
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I had a similar problem. How old is the tensioner? The problem with mine was that the rubber used to make tension had taken a set. This tensioner is basically two cyilinders with a thick rubber sleeve between them. The outer sleeve is connected to the idler pulley and the inner sleeve is then twisted producing the torgue necessary to tension the belt. What happens over time is that the rubber looses it elasticiticy. So the mechanic tightens it up a bit, then is looses that, an on and on, Soon there is no more adjustment left. You just need a new one. It is a real pain to change it put. Good luck.
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