Looking for Belt Tensioner for '96 Taurus SHO 3.4L V8

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  1. Robert Dinse

    Robert Dinse New Member

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    Looking for a tensioner. Thought I found one but guy took my money and never sent part, so back looking
    again. I can be reached at [email protected].
     
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    I think I need a whole unit, in particular I think the spring in this does not have enough tension. The belt slips
    like it is loose.
     
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    In my experiences the return spring is either good or broken.

    Sometimes the mechanism can get jammed up with a lot of grit inside and retard motion. If this is the case. soak the bejeezus out of the rotating parts with PB Blaster or WD 40 where the return spring is and keep working it back and forth in a bench vise.

    Most commonly, it is ANOTHER pulley that is causing drag on the belt, often the Alternator.

    Take off the belt and hand spin every pulley one at a time. I bet you find a stuck/very sticky one.

    All that said - I probably have one laying around here somewhere I might be persuaded to part with if all else fails.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I was able to obtain another that will be here Monday. If the belt still slips with the new tensioner than I will look into other causes.
     
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    Cool.

    Take the opportunity to check the pulleys anyhow when you already have the belt loose - kill 2 birds with one stone.
     
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    I have a bunch of used pulleys. Bearings or pulley yours for the shipping.
     
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