ARE BOTH TENSIONER PULLEYS FOR MY ECLIPSE THE SAME?

  • Tiny
  • venomf7@hotmail.com
  • 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • 140,000 miles

I recently found out how my eclipse belt system works. There is an accessory belt that runs the power steering and a/c I think. The problem with my car is that the tensioner for the accessory belt is no good anymore and I need a replacement one. What I was wondering is if the timing belt tensioner and the accessory belt tensioner for my car are the same thing and if so then I would be able to buy a timing belt tensioner to replace my bad accessory belt tensioner. The only reason I ask this is because I have not been able to find one accessory belt tensioner for this car and was starting to think this. Am I right what should I do?

Saturday, November 26th, 2011 AT 7:33 AM

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  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
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These tensioners are different, the auto tensioner for the external drive belts will be called a serpentine belt tensioner, the timing belt tensioner is a very different style and is only designed for the timing belt.

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Saturday, November 26th, 2011 AT 3:00 PM
  • Tiny
  • Matthew Jackson
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I have a 99 Eclipse GS with the 420A? 2.0 dohc, no turbo and have the same problem. They say (auto parts stores) that its not a common part and is a special dealer order thats pricey.

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Friday, December 9th, 2011 AT 7:57 AM

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