Fan Belt Tensioner

Tiny
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I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd 3.1 TD Automatic. Recently when I turned on the ignition there was a very loud noise coming from the engine, it appears the fan belt tensioner has broken and needs to be replaced, however when searching to buy this part there is nothing called a fan belt tentioner, there is however a viscous fan coupling, is this the samepart? Can anyone help please?
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Sunday, September 24th, 2006 AT 6:18 AM

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Tiny
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Are you sure it was the tensioner?
Who told you it was?
Did they try turning it?
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Sunday, September 24th, 2006 AT 10:34 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the reply, it was a mechanic who told me it was the tensioner, he showed me a round metal object which lies behind the fan, it was protruding at the bottom end, he said he had replaced similar parts but on other makes of cars.
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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 AT 1:45 PM
Tiny
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Could be an idler pulley.
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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 AT 7:08 PM
Tiny
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Thanks very much for the suggestion I will pass it on, however is this part any easier to get than the tensioner, as I am having great difficulty locating a part in the uk other than Jeep main suppliers and believe me their prices are through the roof!

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denyse
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Thursday, September 28th, 2006 AT 5:25 AM
Tiny
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Not sure if you have any aftermarket car part suppliers over there.
About $30.00 U.S. Over here.
Dealers are usually more expensive.
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Thursday, September 28th, 2006 AT 11:13 PM
Tiny
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Thanks very much, I wonder if you could let me know some names of suppliers in us that do these type of spares because I could contact them and get the part shipped if there is that much difference in the cost, I find the prices in your part of the world amazing.
Thank you again

denyse
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Friday, September 29th, 2006 AT 6:01 AM
Tiny
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I now know I definitely need the tensioner pulley and a new belt, can anyone suggest a us supplier as I think that will be more economical, uk current price for both is 350.00

denyse
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Friday, September 29th, 2006 AT 12:16 PM
Tiny
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Check some of the sponsors on this site.
They should be able to help you.
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Friday, September 29th, 2006 AT 10:21 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your help so far, I have found a supplier but I need to telephone them, they are in Downington PA, can you tell me where this is because the code they have listed does not work and I cant find this place on the dropdown menu.

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Denyse
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Saturday, September 30th, 2006 AT 6:33 AM
Tiny
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Sorry to be such a nuisance but I have noticed when looking for these parts that the 3.1 Limited Edition Turbo Diesel is never mentioned, all engine sizes seem to be 4.0 litre, would parts for this engine be compatible to mine. :

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Denyse
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Saturday, September 30th, 2006 AT 6:41 AM
Tiny
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They are probably not the same.
Try the next year when looking for parts.
I think the Grand Cherokee w/ 3.1 diesel is available in 07 in the states.
I think the 06 has either the 4.0 or the 5.2 gas engines.
Downington, Pennsylvania, USA
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Saturday, September 30th, 2006 AT 9:58 PM

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