Mechanics

WHY WON'T MY TENSION PULLEYS ROTATE?

1996 Saturn SC1

My serpentine belt was in shreds when I raised my hood after hearing clanking noises. I took off the old belt and put on a new belt. I tried turning the tensioner to the right to tighten the belt but it won't turn to the right. In addition, the entire tensioner itself is loose. Also, I turned on the engine and the tension pulleys won't rotate. Could the tensioner be busted? Or the tension arm assembly? Please help. Thanks in advance.
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V2m
November 22, 2011.




Replace the entire tensioner. It is a common failure.

Roy

ASEMaster6371
Nov 22, 2011.
Would the tensioner cause the pulleys not to rotate or turn?
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Tiny
V2m
Nov 22, 2011.
The tensioner bearing may be seized up but from your description, the tensioner was loose as well. Check the other pulleys for being free.

Roy

ASEMaster6371
Nov 22, 2011.
All of the other pulleys turn if I nudge them but the crankshaft pulley doesn't turn. Guess the crankshaft pulley replacing as well?

Tiny
V2m
Nov 22, 2011.
It will turn only when the motor turns. That is the drive pulley to all the others.

Roy

ASEMaster6371
Nov 22, 2011.

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