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Old 06-01-2005, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Driving with a bad timing belt tensioner

I have a timing belt tensioner that isnt knocking really loud but its been like this for ATLEAST 10k miles (since i bought the car, and i noticed it but i didnt know what it was until i read some post about it here). I tried taking it to subaru and the guy said he couldnt hear anything unusual, and i have to prove it to them for them to fix it under warranty. its not THAT loud but you can definetely hear it on start ups. Now what i want to know is, is it ok to drive the car normally during this time, or could this cause my car to knock?
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:54 PM   #2
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I took mine in to get a oil leak fixed and they noticed that my tensioner was bad and they said it was bad for awhile and everything was fine so im sure your ok.
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Old 06-01-2005, 11:18 PM   #3
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It should be fine unless the belt is old. If you throw the belt...well you can figure it out....kaboom

btw...how the hell did they check the tensioner by changing the oil?

You said oil leak...makes sense now.

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Old 06-02-2005, 05:19 AM   #4
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I have a timing belt tensioner that isnt knocking really loud but its been like this for ATLEAST 10k miles (since i bought the car, and i noticed it but i didnt know what it was until i read some post about it here). I tried taking it to subaru and the guy said he couldnt hear anything unusual, and i have to prove it to them for them to fix it under warranty. its not THAT loud but you can definetely hear it on start ups. Now what i want to know is, is it ok to drive the car normally during this time, or could this cause my car to knock?
no you never drive a car until its warmed up, therefore no driveing at start up, regardless of belt tensioner issues.
And i would be persistant and get them to replace it.
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Old 06-02-2005, 08:09 AM   #5
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I have a timing belt tensioner that isnt knocking really loud but its been like this for ATLEAST 10k miles (since i bought the car, and i noticed it but i didnt know what it was until i read some post about it here). I tried taking it to subaru and the guy said he couldnt hear anything unusual, and i have to prove it to them for them to fix it under warranty. its not THAT loud but you can definetely hear it on start ups. Now what i want to know is, is it ok to drive the car normally during this time, or could this cause my car to knock?
i notice you are in richmond. Go to pence and talk with the service guy there. They had my car in twice. On the second visit they tore everything down and did indeed find a worn out tensioner pulley. They replaced it and its been fine ever since.
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Old 06-03-2005, 11:49 PM   #6
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so the timing belt doesnt get stretched from the tensioner moving around? like i said the sound isnt that bad but its been like that for a long time.
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:00 AM   #7
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its not actually moving, the inner bearing in mine was going bad. It just made an annoying whine all the time.
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:27 AM   #8
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Ok how about this, when I am in gear, say 5th and I step on the gas, my rpms jump up 2-3k, then it levels out. I just put in new underdrive pulleys. any ideas?
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