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hey all, so i have a noise coming from my tensioner area. I replaced the tensioner pulley but to no avail. I then tried to replace the idler pulley, but when I went to pull the bolt out, I couldn't bc it hit the frame (wheel well). I let my mechanic look at it real quick (literally like 30 sec) and he seemed to think the whole automatic tensioner needed replacement. So my first question is, is there any way to determine if the problem is the whole tensioner unit or just the idler pulley? And second, is there any way of getting off the idler pulley (or automatic tensioner for that matter) without having to take out the motor? thanks for your help
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I had a 4-cyl on my 2003, so not sure about yours.
Looks like there's a nut on the back of the bolt for the tensioner pulley, but the idler just has a LONG bolt. Maybe you can just raise or lower the engine a bit, not actually remove it?
More likely, taking the alternator bracket off the engine is easier than moving the engine.
What about removing both bolts #7 & #14, then the tensioner might come off with the long bolt still inserted?
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Thanks for the reply. Not sure about taking those bolts out. I would really love it if I could take the alternator or tensioner out without taking engine out...would love to hear what others have to say. Thanks for your help
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