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I really don't know this so...if a timing belt was changed (for time) on a low mileage engine and the <B>tensioner was not</B>, do I need to install a tensioner or am I OK for a while, if so what would<U> "a while"</U> be?! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (JRL)

I would guess the tensioner would be fine... It wears out due to use (more miles) and probably not so much because of time (years) unlike the belt. You wouldn't use a brand new 10 year old belt, but a brand new 10 year old tensioner should still work...
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (ecbsykes)

I think the tensioner goes because the bearing or the spring goes. If this is the 24,000 mile car, then theoretically the original should still be good up to 105K. But it will take you forever to get there, so I think it would be okay now but change it the next time you do the belt for age reasons.
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (Bearclaw)

If I'm still alive in 6-7 years AND still own it, I guess I will worry about it then..<br>(if I'm not in a nursing home)! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (JRL)

If this is the hydraulic tensioner I think it should be changed out. To me it's a time issue. It s still a mechanical part which can degrade whether in use or not. If the car is sitting there, but the tensioner is in play, it's in play regardless whether the car is running or not.<p>I don't believe timing related parts should be comprimised, as the results are too catastropic.
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (fredmc)

First, I agree with Fred, if you are in there for a TB, change the tensioner out, it is only the cost of the part.<p>Second, I disagree somewhat on the aging part though. It is a mechanical part, but it is not in a particularly corrosive environment--as much as I know these Volvo blocks--and it is not a rubber part. With a sealed bearing, it should sit around just fine, even under load.<p>But, what are we talking here, $150 for the belt and tensioners?
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (MrTippy)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MrTippy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>But, what are we talking here, $150 for the belt and tensioners?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I don't know where you're getting those prices but even I can get that job done for that!<br>The cheapest timing belt and tensioner job I get is about $300 parts and labor installed.<br>The tensioner alone costs about $90, labor to do <B>just the tensioner </B>is usually about 45 minutes to an hour.
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (JRL)

That was just for the parts. I was assuming that you were committed on the timing belt, so the incremental cost of the tensioner is small and, of course there is the add for the labor--which it seems to me is a gift to the service shop as they are already in there for the belt.
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (MrTippy)

I thought I wrote the timing belt was <B>recently done </B>by the previous owner, but <B>no new tensioner</B> was installed.<br>I guess it was unclear the way I wrote it
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (JRL)

$90 + 45 minutes of labor for peace of mine. Its a no-brainer, I'd say.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>njb8199</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">$90 + 45 minutes of labor for peace of mine. Its a no-brainer, I'd say.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>But everything adds up (plus the fact I paid a ton for the R in the 1st place)! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Swapping headlights, exhaust, strut bar, marker lights and IPD wiper relay, Monday, also shortening the wastegate a turn and probably flush and change coolant and brake fluid (for time, 10 years), the tranny was recently flushed.<br>It needs a new door mirror switch of all things, (sticky like molassas)!<br>Plus this one doesn't have Dolby 3 ch. and when you're used to listening to it, it sounds pretty damn flat without it so an audio upgrade is planned in the near future, I just haven't decided how extreme I want to (and can afford to) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> go!<br>I was considering this: <A HREF="http://www.crutchfield.com/p_130AVIC710/Pioneer-AVIC-X710BT.html?search=avicx710&tp=20212&tab=other_items#Satellite%20Radio%20Tuners" TARGET="_blank">http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1...uners</A><br>but pricey and possibly/probably would need amp and speaker upgrades which brings it in very expensive.<br>As I said it all adds up...... (as Nick knows)!
 

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Re: Question about T belt tensioner (JRL)

Jim, I am going to go back on myself a little. There is another current thread here where almost this same thing has been addressed and the prevailing wisdom is that the tensioners are more likely to fail before the recommended maintenance intervals that the timing belts. This may be a Volvo thing and that is why I get confused: I don't have the history with Volvo as do others around here.<p>Given the risk/"reward" equation for this part, I'd be inclined to replace it before some of the other things. Wouldn't you sleep better at night knowing exactly where you are starting with your drivetrain?
 
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