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Old 09-20-1999, 03:32 PM
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You can replace the bushing in your belt tensioner/shock absorber without replacing the whole unit. I discovered replacement of the whole unit to be a nightmare. The part was not terrifically expensive, but if I had paid for the labor...

I have one good used bushing set from the old unit. Easy one-bolt replacement on the 2.6 engines. (I'll sell it for $15 incl. shipping if anyone wants it.)

The way I was able to replce it was by the use of a parts-grabber extension tool. The bolt and nut are 11MM. Once the nut is loosened to the point of falling off, the grabber is used to keep the nut from dropping off into the abyss. Don't forget to go in after the washer... Pull the bolt out only far enough to get the tensioner out. Replacement is the opposite of installation!

Good luck and/or e-mail if you want that bushing.


Old 09-20-1999, 11:27 PM
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It is not the alumminum bushing that is worn, but the plastic insert holding it. You can't repair it to my knowledge.
We sell the whole shock or damper in the partsshop.

1987 16V

Old 09-21-1999, 11:06 AM
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Right, I do have one set of the whole thing - plastic and the aluminum sleeve...

I bought the whold unit from you guys because I couldn't find just the plastic/aluminum sleeve.
Just making the offer to anyone who wants a cheap fix instead of the whole unit.


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