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Info: When to replace the belt tensioner?

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belt tensioner warning signs Mike Pepe <lamune@doki-doki> Fri, 03 Dec 2004 13:15:55 -0500
Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy VW Golf <vr6nitedriver@yahoo> Fri, 3 Dec 2004 10:36:56 -0800 (PST)
Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy Shawn Burns <freezer16801@yahoo> Fri, 3 Dec 2004 11:51:41 -0800 (PST)
RE: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy Kooz <kooz@generationdub> Fri, 3 Dec 2004 15:01:48 -0500
RE: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy Stephen Peddle <swpeddle@crashscience> Fri, 3 Dec 2004 17:19:22 -0330
Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy Shawn Burns <freezer16801@yahoo> Fri, 3 Dec 2004 14:28:21 -0800 (PST)
Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy Mike Fritz <fritter70@yahoo> Fri, 3 Dec 2004 16:19:02 -0800 (PST)
Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner warning signs Corrado <corrado@bethandjames> Fri, 03 Dec 2004 15:08:43 -0500
Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner warning signs -T. <jeepin-t@sainasylum> Sat, 4 Dec 2004 16:20:35 -0600



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From: Mike Pepe <lamune@doki-doki>
To: list@gti-vr6
Subject: belt tensioner warning signs
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2004 13:15:55 -0500
 
Well, with recent talk about exploding tensioner, I'm wondering how to test the tensioner to see if its
going to let go soon.

My car now has 106kmi [that's 170,600km, Kai :) ]

That seems about the time where these things explode. Anything I should look for aside from the thing
squealing (which it doesn't do)?



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From: VW Golf <vr6nitedriver@yahoo>
To: Mike Pepe <lamune@doki-doki>, list@gti-vr6
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 10:36:56 -0800 (PST)
 
at about 100,000 miles is a good time to replace it
dont wait for it to go any longer.

Time wears things out, dont bother testing just
replace it, its not worth it. Mine started
squealing loudly, then it just finally let go
and its a horrible squeal, i pushed it to the max
before the whole thing just burned up, not a single
piece of the plastic pulley was left.

they are having a group buy on vortex check it out

http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1690142



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From: Shawn Burns <freezer16801@yahoo>
To: vw <list@gti-vr6>
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 11:51:41 -0800 (PST)
 
now he has me wondering???  How many folks on here have changed theres or had one fail?  My 96 has 117k on
it now.  Something else for the fix list.

regards,
shawn



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From: Kooz <kooz@generationdub>
To: 'vw' <list@gti-vr6>
Subject: RE: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 15:01:48 -0500
 
I replaced the tensioner on my 97 GLX last Spring @ 110K kms (68
350mi)!!!!!!!

Sincerely,



Barry Kuiack (Kooz)
Administrator
www.GenerationDUB.com



From
From: Stephen Peddle <swpeddle@crashscience>
To: GTI List Server <list@gti-vr6>
Subject: RE: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 17:19:22 -0330
 
My tensioner imploded on my car when it was at about 180,000km's. I had to
get towed to my mechanic. It was quite the experience. When I started the
car, there was a high pitch squeal, then a bang and then half the dash
lights came on. No damage besides the tensioner though.

Steve
95 GTI VR6



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From: Shawn Burns <freezer16801@yahoo>
To: Damon Galt <booyahbooyah@yahoo>, list@gti-vr6
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 14:28:21 -0800 (PST)
 
Damon my boy,
explain to me exactly why you'd remove the tranny to get to the accessory belt tensioner (aka serpentine
belt/multi rib belt...not aka timing belt).  Last time I looked at mine, it was on the top of my motor.
Just kidding big guy, we are talking about the other belt tensioner that is much much easier to change.

shawn
damon is my whipping boy version

Damon Galt &lt;&#98;ooyahbooyah&#64;yahoo<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>&gt; wrote:
It's one of the fixes I'm going to attempt in the near
future. I'm going to need a freind to help though,
getting that tranny out on your back aint easy.

Damon



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From: Mike Fritz <fritter70@yahoo>
To: Shawn Burns <freezer16801@yahoo>, vw <list@gti-vr6>
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner /group buy
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 16:19:02 -0800 (PST)
 
I had one fail last winter, at about 85k miles or so.
The thing squeaked and squealed for a few weeks, then
just burned up one night and threw the belt off.  I
did find melted chunks of the wheel, but a lot of it
disintegrated.

Mike
98 GTIVR6
98K miles



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From: Corrado <corrado@bethandjames>
To: Mike Pepe <lamune@doki-doki>, GTI VR6 List <list@gti-vr6>
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner warning signs
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2004 15:08:43 -0500
 
Easiest thing would be to de-tension the belt so that you could spin the pulley with your fingers. If it
spins super easy and sounds dry, then I would do the re-grease DIY.

James
93 SLC



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From: -T. <jeepin-t@sainasylum>
To: list@gti-vr6
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] belt tensioner warning signs
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 16:20:35 -0600
 
Mines at 108, and looks/ sounds to be doing just fine.  I've read about them
failing, so I pulled mine off the car and got it on the bench and opened
that bearing up.  I cleaned it up, packed it with grease and put it all back
together.  I'm hoping that will keep it going for quite a bit longer.  I
figure the only thing that can really fail is that bearing, so as long as
you keep after it, you should be able to avoid a catastrophic failure.  If
you catch it soon enough, I'd think you could replace that bearing if it
began to go bad and avoid having to replace the whole tensioner assembly.

-T.




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