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Old 24 Mar 2013, 04:01 pm
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Default New Belt Tensioner?

Hi, I was driving my '03 PT Cruiser down the road when my power steering failed. I drove it home to find my drive belt hanging from the bottom of the car, still in perfect shape. Is this an indication that I need to replace the tensioner? Don't want to replace the belt and have it fall off again. Thanks!
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Old 24 Mar 2013, 04:26 pm
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Default Re: New Belt Tensioner?

Probably, but also inspect the harmonic balancer.
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Old 24 Mar 2013, 04:42 pm
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Default Re: New Belt Tensioner?

make sure the AC, PS, and idler pulley all spin freely. sometimes that happens when something locks up
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Old 24 Mar 2013, 04:58 pm
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Default Re: New Belt Tensioner?

Is the pulley piece on the tensioner supposed to spin freely also? It does and it wobbles which leaves me to believe it needs replaced.
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Old 24 Mar 2013, 05:27 pm
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I bought just the pulley since the tension still seemed to be fine, so we'll see how that goes.
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Old 24 Mar 2013, 05:45 pm
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Default Re: New Belt Tensioner?

That tensioner is 10 years old...as long as you are in there, spend another $20 and replace the whole thing.
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