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I think I stripped my tensioner pulley

 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:01 pm    Post subject:  I think I stripped my tensioner pulley Reply with quote

I was told to go counter clockwise and after a few turns it spun rather easily, but would not come out. I tried to turn it the other way and there is comes out. I swap the pulley and install it counter clockwise (revers of loosening) and it kinda seated, but the bolt does not tighten down, so to speak.

I noticed shavings around the pulley and bolt shoulder that almost looked like a washer. non came with the pulley.

Did I strip it?
Do I need a special washer?
If it is stripped, can I use loctite and call it fixed?

I'm in a bind right now. I loaned my spare car to a buddy who blew his motor.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:08 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

This is just my opinion....

Don't even mess with trying to fix it. If your unsure of the repair, just get a new tensioner assembly from whatever parts house you choose. Also get two new coolant elbows, from a GM dealer, and be done with it. Yes it's a lot more money than just a pulley, but you'll know for sure that it's fixed.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:54 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ZSPOT wrote:
This is just my opinion....

Don't even mess with trying to fix it. If your unsure of the repair, just get a new tensioner assembly from whatever parts house you choose. Also get two new coolant elbows, from a GM dealer, and be done with it. Yes it's a lot more money than just a pulley, but you'll know for sure that it's fixed.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yeah, just ordered the assembly and metal coolant elbows. Im so mad though. I read a good dozen instructions and they all said to go counter clockwise. Good thing I have a spare car. I tried to search here with no results. The search function has never been improved in all these yeRs Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Word of caution on those metal elbows. Get some extra seals, because they will fail. Or return them, and get the GM elbows. I've seen it 'oh so many times with our local shops with those Dorman elbows.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Word of caution on those metal elbows. Get some extra seals, because they will fail. Or return them, and get the GM elbows. I've seen it 'oh so many times with our local shops with those Dorman elbows.


How much do the GM elbows cost?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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How much do the GM elbows cost?


The GM elbows run around $17 retail for the pair.

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You'll pay about $8 for new seals at a GM dealer if you want to use those on the Dorman, metal elbows.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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PushrodPower wrote:
How much do the GM elbows cost?


The GM elbows run around $17 retail for the pair.

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You'll pay about $8 for new seals at a GM dealer if you want to use those on the Dorman, metal elbows.


Will these work the same on a Camaro 3.8 V6 as well? Sorry for the derail.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yes and No. Depends on the year. From '98 up, yes, the setup is the same.

1997 and earlier only use one elbow.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Well, I am losing about a half gallon of water after every stop. Not sure if it's the wp or the lower, hidden elbow. Now that you've mentioned it, i Wonder if that is the problem.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you're losing that much, it sounds more like the water pump than the elbows.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Chamber wrote:
If you're losing that much, it sounds more like the water pump than the elbows.


You'd be surprised how much coolant a bad elbow will spew. Plus, I think it would be pretty easy to tell if the water pump was puking it's guts up.

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