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Hi

Has anyone changed their Auxilliary tensioner and how hard/easy is it.

This will be the 5th one in a year, the others have all been done in an Alfa Dealership. It sounds like it is about to go again so I have ordered a new one and will have a go at changing it myself.

Any guidance would be great.

It is a holiday weekend so i am also going to do the rear discs, the front gaiters (damaged at the above garage) and one of the upper wishbones (but I have done them befor so no problem). Any thoughts on alternator life? I'm up to 120k miles on a 2000 2.4 JTD.

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Yup, the first one did about 110k, the second and third did about 3k each, one exploded and the second went back when it started rumbling. This one has done about 4k and is now well on the way out. I may not get it home tonight!

The head mechanic at the dealership came out to see me the last time I went in. Said there was another car on its fourth tensioner in a year too. I recon there must me a duff load of bearings but I am getting really fed up with it, and the car in general. My wife even bought a new Audi before we went on holiday as she would not go in the Alfa.

I am not going to go on anymore, just wondering how big a job it is to change.

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bigredshaza said:
Yup, the first one did about 110k, the second and third did about 3k each, one exploded and the second went back when it started rumbling. This one has done about 4k and is now well on the way out. I may not get it home tonight!

The head mechanic at the dealership came out to see me the last time I went in. Said there was another car on its fourth tensioner in a year too. I recon there must me a duff load of bearings but I am getting really fed up with it, and the car in general. My wife even bought a new Audi before we went on holiday as she would not go in the Alfa.

I am not going to go on anymore, just wondering how big a job it is to change.

John
i think you should be taking it up with the dealer who fitted them and
or supplied them. 4 aux tensioners, none lasting more than 4k???

Mate you shouldn't be paying a penny, nor should you need to do the
job.

note! as a rule, all aux pulleys should be done on a car that has done
your cars mileage. not sure if there is a link between old pulleys,
damaging your tensioner or not, but they should have been done by
now.
Also crankshaft pulley [the big one at the bottom] not noted for
lasting much above 100k in the jtd.
 

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The first one was paid for by me and all other pullies were changed at that time. The next two were replaced under warranty by the dealer. I just can't be bothered with them any more. Every time I had to hire a car, they were always late (ordered the wrong parts, etc) so this time I will do it myself. The other pullies should be OK. It just seems to be the tensioners.

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the front gaiters (damaged at the above garage)
Why the hell are you replacing a gaiter that they damaged in the 1st place. Demand they give you a 156 loaner until they have resolved all the problems. Don't do any of it yourself as if it then goes wrong and causes major damage you won't have a leg to stand on. Find a decent specialist and take it there, I am sure someone here can reccomend someone close to you.

What garage is this?! Sounds like you should be threatening them with court action if they don't fix all the problems or at least getting it repaired elsewhere and charging back to them.

The very least you should be doing is naming and shaming them on here so others know not to use them.
 
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