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Aux belt tensioner

Postby snake16 » Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:15 pm

Had my 1st breakdown today (55 plate, LWB 90hp, 105,000 miles), the auxilary belt tensioner gave up the ghost & took the belt with it :( . AA were on the spot quickly & went to the local Ford dealer who had parts in stock (that I think, speaks volumes :? ) £84 for the tensioner & £46 for the belt all plus VAT :( :( . Had to have it fixed on the spot & pay up & shut up as I was loaded & had to get the stuff delivered :( The AA man says it is a common fault on Ford cars esp Focus

The only broken part of the tensioner was the bearing which I am sure I could get from somewhere (not Ford 8) any ideas anyone? ) at far cheaper than £84 +VAT. I will now rebuild the old one & keep it as a spare as I expect to run the van to double its milage so I will replace it as a matter of service in the next 100K.

The reason for the thread is to advise anyone with a 100K + van to consider chaging the bearing to save on £153.27 :? :? :? :? & the inconvenience of a sudden, unexpected breakdown 8)
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby tranycamperman » Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:15 pm

Done mine a few months ago, before any breakdown :wink:

Don't forget to change the bearing in the idler pulley aswell, same bearing as the tensioner. I think it cost me about 14 squids for the pair.

Oh, and i changed the belt at the same time, 12 of my English pounds from X part. Just to rub it in and all that :wink: :P :)
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby snake16 » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:03 pm

Thanks for rubbing it in :roll: :roll: :roll:

Where did you get the bearings? I think I'll replace the idler as you suggest ASAP :lol:
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby Dan T » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:11 pm

My mates done the same the other week. Belt came off and PAS went :roll:
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby easymove recovery » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:14 pm

happend to me 1 day didnt care how much it cost van needed on the road

thought id blown it up when the power steering went
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby snake16 » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:16 pm

That's the problem with that belt, it drives the alternator, power steering, vacuum pump (servo brakes) & water pump. You aint getting far with that lot not working :?
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby tranycamperman » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:20 pm

snake16 wrote:Thanks for rubbing it in :roll: :roll: :roll:

Where did you get the bearings? I think I'll replace the idler as you suggest ASAP :lol:



No worries :wink: It does help that i'm a mechanic and learn from other peoples unfortunate incidents 8)

Got the bearings from a local bearing suppliers, they even had them in stock which was a first for them! Can't remeber the size but i do have the old ones in my tool box somewere if you can wait till tomorrow.
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby viper » Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:12 pm

Tensioner and idler pulley bearings the same, if one has failed then the other is close behind.
Simply knock out, knock in new bearing max 10 minute job.

While you have the belt off it will be worth checking for play/looseness on other turny bits inc.
Fan bearing.

Just note how belt goes by drawing it down prior to removal
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby snake16 » Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:24 am

"Just note how belt goes by drawing it down prior to removal"

Interesting that you say that :lol: The AA man was just about to remove the remains of the belt when I suggested that he made a note of positioning, no problem he says, I have the data on my laptop 8) So when he gets back with the parts, he fires up the old laptop & yep, you guessed it, info on Transits to 1999 model only :( :( :( Extra 40 minutes trying to work it out :? I think he was a tad embaressed :?
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby viper » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:04 pm

snake16 wrote: I think he was a tad embaressed :?


Oh hell, been there but he should be used to how belts go, I usually draw it down but if a belt has snapped it dont take me more than 5~10min, guess you get used to it at some point
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby masmas » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:08 pm

Hi i have been following this post with interest,tommorrow i will be changing the vac pump,now i`m thinking may as well change these bearings and replace the belt too,does anyone know the bearing no.s skf or similar.cheers
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby hotrod_boogie » Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:38 am

mine went yesterday :( my van has two short belts though, as u look in from under the bonnet the power steering is on the right with a short belt running round it and the alternator is on the left of the engine with a short belt running round just the alternator and the crank, it hasnt got the long belt that everyone else is on about, anyone know why?
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby viper » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:21 am

masmas wrote:Hi i have been following this post with interest,tommorrow i will be changing the vac pump,now i`m thinking may as well change these bearings and replace the belt too,does anyone know the bearing no.s skf or similar.cheers


No, as usual I didnt keep a note of the numbers but easily removed at bearing place, detension belt and remove the idler pulley (top center) (13mm socket) easier with the top front trim panel removed, 3 bolts, 1 left 1 middle 1 right, max 5 minute job
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby kev 3dr » Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:15 pm

Id really like to know these bearing sizes or part numbers asap please as im doing a friends van during the week but due to both of our work commitments i can only do it during the week :(

ps Where is the best place to get a Vacum pump from too ??
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Re: Aux belt tensioner

Postby masmas » Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:33 pm

HI ,bearing no. is j37fe,that is whats stamped on the ford one i have to source a couple myself and hope skf can cross ref the no.. i picked up a ford vac pump or £72 inclusive of postage. interpart2006@msn.com .half the price of main dealer. cheers.Carl
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