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Your car is made up of thousands of parts that have to work in sync with each other to make sure you get to your destination comfortable and secure. However, there are a few more fundamanetal parts than others. Getting your cylinders to work makes a big difference-without working cylinders your car will not move an inch. What makes the cylinders run is known as the timing belt. As a belt, the timing belt needs a certain amount of strain to keep it working. The part responsible for making this belt running consistently is known as the timing belt tensioner. It is by convention and experience that the timing belt tensioner be replaced every time repairs are made to the timing belt assembly or even replacement of the belt itself. This ensures peak performance every time you start your car. There are a number of ways that the timing belt will need attention, and the most common problems involve the belt either getting torn or dislodged. At Auto Parts Warehouse you get only the highest quality car parts. look through our catalogs to see the timing belt tensioner that will fit your car's specific make, model and year. You will be impressed by the high quality of our parts, as well as the bargain that you get from all the parts you need.

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What to Consider When Buying Timing Belt Tensioner

The key to proper timing belt function is keeping the belt taut and tight. A broken or malfunctioning tensioner makes this next to impossible. So it's absolutely important that you get a new the moment you start to find yours wearing down.

Replace one or replace all

It's very rare that the tensioner by itself will break down. More likely, a busted tensioner will be the cause of a long cascade of trouble within the same area. That means, odds are good that you will wind up replacing all of them anyway.

Because the tensioner and its associated parts will have this tendency to break down in a cluster, it's a smart investment to replace the tensioner and the timing belt at the same time. Trust us. It will save you the hassle of having to go out an order parts again!

Fit, fit, fit

We say this again and again in many different articles, but the primary consideration is always going to be the specificity of fit for your exact year, make, and model. True, some models and makes will have some similarity in lay out, but the simple fact is that vehicles are too diverse in form for any universality to emerge.

The trick here is to have a point of reference. Automobile owners have two: the first is the busted tensioner; the second is the owner's repair manual. If you intended to shop online and have no numbers for the dimensions, take the time to measure out the diameter, thickness, and take note of the particular appearance relative to the belt.

Material things

It still bears mentioning that, even with standardization in the manufacture of tensioners, you still have to be careful not to pick out a tensioner that is made from shoddy materials. Of course, you've no time to fully analyze a product you are trying to buy-especially if it's online. The next best thing is to go with the price. A decent, yet affordable one will rarely be priced lower than $35, and a higher-quality one will rarely tip the scales over $70.

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Changing Your Timing Belt Tensioner

Over time, your timing belt can stretch out and become next to useless-that's what a tensioner is there for. Unfortunately - a tensioner can wear out over time too! These two are so intertwined that it's a safer bet to replace both at the same time. The process can take 30 to 45 minutes is very simple and straightforward-you just need to follow along.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Stuff you'll need:

  • New timing belt
  • New timing belt tensioner
  • Owner's manual
  • Wrenches
  • Socket set
  • Screwdrivers

Step 1: Unhook the battery connectors and wait a half hour before beginning to avoid getting a nasty electrical shock.

Step 2: Remove the distributor cap-if, however, your vehicle does not have a distributor, align the cam position sensor to "Top Dead Center".

*NOTE*This is where your manual comes in handy!

Step 3: Rotate the engine so that the mare on the crankshaft pulley lines up with the "o" mark on the timing scale-also, align the distributor rotor with the index mark on the distributor housing.

Step 4: Remove bolts, screws, and other things that may interfere with the removal of the timing belt-this varies greatly among makes and models, so always use your manual as reference.

Step 5: Remove the timing belt tensioner by undoing the mounting bolts and slide off the timing belt.

Step 6: Install the new tensioner and belt-make sure you weave the belt properly first before tightening the mounting bolts completely.

*IMPORTANT*Refer to the manual to figure out how hard to torque the tensioner bolts and other bolts.

Step 7: Simply reverse the installation steps, re-engage the battery, and rev up the engine to test it out.

General tips:

  1. Keep it safe! Always wear protective eyewear and insulated gloves, and make sure your shoes are not open-toed when working on your vehicle.
  2. Having a small jar handy will make it easy to keep hold of those easy-to-lose nuts, screws, and bolts.