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Old 08-16-2012, 07:48 PM
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UPDATE: In short order, went through a Febe and Laso brand tensioner... sucked it up and bought a OE tensioner... WORKS PERFECTLY. Used the exact same installation procedure as the previous aftermarket tensioners. One note - I did find that the angle of the OE tensioner upon initial installation (with the tensioner rod completely backed off) allowed the belt to be easily slipped over the pully. Tensioning and tightening was a snap!. The aftermarket tensioners, equally slacked, did not provide the same ease of installation ???? almost as if the position of the tensioner post and internal bushing was off 90 degrees or so. At any rate, I will never buy another aftermarket tensioner. THe Benz OE part is worth the extra cash.
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