Repleced the tensioner. After the old was removed it was grinding for sure. You could really feel and hear it well. This was needed but didn't fix the problem. An updated explanation. A loud whine when the engine is first started for the day or sat for long periods, IE. At work, and when leaving it will shortly quite usually when shifting into second and the power restored. Running great till it sits at light for extended time, IE. Rush hour, or parked and inside the store for awhile. When leaving it starts the loud whine and power loss and may continue for all gears and for quite awhile down the road. Gets a lot louder as the trottle is pressed. Appears to be while the fan clutch is running. Again for this problem the following have been replaced and/or tested good. Tensioner, fan clutch (twice), power steering pump, water pump, IAC Valve (was very dirty and filled with grit), A/C condenser, and the belt. The problem seems to have cut back after the belt replaced. A guess but maybe due to more tension on the faulty parts. The A/C and Alternator pulley seemed to be OK. Not ruling these two out. But ot me why only when the fan clutch kicks in (seems to be when it does)? The Idler pulley was great, smooth and spun forever.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 AT 11:27 AM