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Old 03-21-2006, 10:59 PM   #1
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Your saying to spray the joint between the pulley and the assembly or the belt and pulley. If you mean the belt and pulley, isn't that a bad idea? I mean, do you really want that to be slippery?

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Old 03-22-2006, 12:31 AM   #2
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Right, you dont want get it on the belt, just on the stud/shaft that the tensioner pulley itself spins on. Ive had this happen on several of the vehicles i've owned. Had to remove it on one to get the oil worked into the tensioner bearing.
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:06 PM   #3
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I didnt want to steer you wrong so decided to see what it would take to actually remove mine. You will need metric allen wrenches and torque bits, at least i did. you can remove just the pulley too instead of the whole tensioner assy, might be cheaper if you can get just the pulley. You want to make sure which pulley is making the sound because there are some idler pulleys which could go bad also.
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then take the plastic center cover off the tensioner pulley. Then using the correct size allen wrench and a cheater bar, (unless you own the correct tool, which is pretty much the same thing) relieve the tension (try to tighten the allen bolt) remove the belt then remove the allen bolt from the pully and remove the pulley.
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DAMN, Barney - I dig these DIYs while you wait...LOL Can't ask for a better than that. Cool Stuff!
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Old 07-15-2006, 08:54 PM   #6
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The sound is getting worse. Last friday I contacted my local dealer to find the pricing of the hydraulic pulley. This is what he, Rob, sent me. I'm not sure if I can follow it.... I don't think it's because I"m being really slow or what, check it out:

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THE HYDRO UPGRADE IS $250.00

THE TENSIONER IS $71.00 FOR THE LOWER ASSYMBLE

THE UPPER IS JUST THE PULLEY PRICE IS

$38.50

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I'm thinking that the hydraulic assembly is $250 plus the $38.50 for the pulley. If I am correct, is that a rip off?

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Old 09-12-2006, 09:28 PM   #7
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Well, it came to a point where I HAD to go to the dealer as I just had NO time to do anything to my car. The dealer said that the tensioner is getting close to the end, but that's not what was making that loud noise. It was the AC compressor. Aw Fuck. Great......

Since they were there at it, they changed the tensioner too (to the upgraded hydraulic one). Now, if anyone in the future cares to know, a re-manufactured AC compressor installed will run you $1300 and an installed tensioner will run you another $500-600. In the end, after tax and shit, I dished out $2072. What a fucking money pit I'm in with my first year E46. Fuck.

BMW should be paying me for thier guinie pig experiments.

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Old 09-12-2006, 10:23 PM   #8
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Well, it came to a point where I HAD to go to the dealer as I just had NO time to do anything to my car. The dealer said that the tensioner is getting close to the end, but that's not what was making that loud noise. It was the AC compressor. Aw Fuck. Great......

Since they were there at it, they changed the tensioner too (to the upgraded hydraulic one). Now, if anyone in the future cares to know, a re-manufactured AC compressor installed will run you $1300 and an installed tensioner will run you another $500-600. In the end, after tax and shit, I dished out $2072. What a fucking money pit I'm in with my first year E46. Fuck.

BMW should be paying me for thier guinie pig experiments.

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