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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 01:11:03 GMT
From: "Roy" <roynospamam.net>
Subject: Re: 2002 2.3t belt tensioner loud noise


"Eeyore" <rabbitsfriendsandrelationsnospamail.com> wrote in message >> >>> >> Does it make sense that the belt tensioner in a 2002 9.5 with a >> >>> >> 2.3t >> >>> >> engine >> >>> >> with 50,000 miles makes an extremely loud grinding noise when it >> >>> >> suddenly >> >>> >> goes bad? >> >>> > >> >>> > Sounds perfectly logical to me. >> >>> > >> >>> > Graham >> >> What are the chances that the alternator pulley went bad instead? > > The pulley ? You can inspect the pulley wheel itself easily enough. > > I see what you mean though. Aside from the tensioner there's a 'jocket > wheel' > too on the serpentine belt isn't there. I doubt that the alternator > bearing's > likely to go though. > > It's always possible. Anything's *possible* I guess ! I gather that the > tensioner is the classic culprit though. > > Graham It turned out to be the alternator. A very bad design which has an extended pulley and therefore the belt tension broke it loose from its shaft. When the mechanics removed it, the pulley was turning very loosely on the shaft. I wonder if there were recalls on such stupid design.

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