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Old 09-10-2005, 01:14 AM   #1
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Default Checking re-using Timing Belt Tensioner

I just replaced my head gaskets and had my heads resurfaced.

I am now putting everything back together and have a question on wether or not I need to replace my tensioner pulley

The pulley has less than 10K miles on it because the timing belt and water pump were just recently replaced. I went ahead and replaced the pulley at the time that I replaced the belt because the dealer scared me by telling me I had to use a verticle press.

I compressed the current tensioner with a C-Clamp and held it in place with a small screwdriver.

But when I install it and pull the pin there is not movement the position of the tension shaft. In otherwords, I can re-insert the screwdrive through the shaft so the shaft position has not changed.

The last time I did this I clearly remember the tension shaft moving when I pulled the pin.

However, when I started to take the belt back off....the tensioner shaft fully extended as soon as I released the tension on the belt. And I was also unable to push the shaft in by hand...so there is obviously tension in the shaft. I also cannot see any evidence of a leak around the shaft seal.

How do I know if the tensioner is working ? Can you measure deflection on the timing belt ?

Thanks in advance !!!!
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