WHY WON'T MY TENSION PULLEYS ROTATE?

1996 Saturn SC1

Tiny

V2m

November, 22, 2011 AT 4:15 PM

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.

5 Answers

Tiny

ASEMaster6371

November, 22, 2011 AT 4:16 PM

Replace the entire tensioner. It is a common failure.

Roy

Tiny

V2m

November, 22, 2011 AT 4:25 PM

Would the tensioner cause the pulleys not to rotate or turn?

Tiny

ASEMaster6371

November, 22, 2011 AT 4:27 PM

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

Tiny

V2m

November, 22, 2011 AT 8:25 PM

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

ASEMaster6371

November, 22, 2011 AT 8:28 PM

It will turn only when the motor turns. That is the drive pulley to all the others.

Roy

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