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Old April 29th, 2015, 09:04 PM
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Tensioner pulley replacement?

I removed the tensioner pulley to replace the bearings. While trying to remove the snap ring, the flange cracked. I'm assuming that this is unsafe to use. It's not major though. If I need too replace it, will any aftermarket pulley, of the same size work?
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Old April 29th, 2015, 10:03 PM
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Hit the junkyard, D1's have the same tensioner.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 10:15 PM
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Virgil do you have a picture? The steel ones have replaceable bearings but you cannot replace the bearings on the plastic ones (and if you managed to break the flange I am guessing you have the plastic kind).

But yes, I just got a steel one for $5 at a junk yard recently.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 10:18 PM
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Good idea FishEH. Here's the damage that i'm talking about.
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Old April 29th, 2015, 10:31 PM
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I'd roll with that, but when I was looking for one at the junkyard I skipped that kind because the circlip is harder to get out. There is a slightly smaller diameter steel one with circlips with eyes that make removing them easier (although I did soak mine in pb blaster and tapped on it with a punch to make sure there was no pressure on it). This looks a bit nasty, but after sandblasting, paint and a new bearing it will be like new.

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Old April 29th, 2015, 10:45 PM
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So, this would still be cool to use?
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Personally, yes I'd be fine with it.
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I think that looks salvageable, Virgil. I'd soak it in some PB Blaster. Then take a socket, place it on the bearing inside the clip, and give it a sharp whack with a hammer. This should give a little more wiggle room to get that clip out.
Put the clip back in with the ends opposite of the chip in the pulley.

Then again Ive seen a tensioner pulley grenade and take out the serpentine belt and the oil filter leaving a guy stranded. So maybe find a junkyard tensioner/pulley, rebuild them both, and keep the chipped one as a spare.
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Old April 30th, 2015, 12:19 AM
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I'll go the PB Blaster route and see what happens. At least I could use it until I get another one.
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