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Old 10-05-2010, 07:59 AM
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Belt/Belt Tensioner Help Please

So right now I'm out of the country for quite some time. I go back in a week but I've been gone for awhile so my uncle is currently driving it every other week for a day just to keep parts moving. Well he called the other day saying that he started it up and then heard a slight knocking noise then shut it off. He got out and took a look at under the hood and below the engine to see what was going on to which he found small chunks of rubber under the engine. He said it looks like it came off the belt and I haven't seen a picture of the chunks but that's the only thing I could think of. He did say he looked at the belt and gave it a pull and it was still intact. Since then he hasn't driven it since. However, I'm going to be back next week and I already set an appointment up with the dealer I usually go to. The only problem is the dealer I go to is an hour away from my uncle's house. So my dilemma is if it is safe to drive the truck to the dealer with the belt if he saw chunks of rubber under the engine? I really don't want to be stranded on the side of the road. I talked to the service guy at the dealership and he said with the belt intact I should be able to get it there. But if the belt is to break then do I have no power steering, power brakes, water pump, and alternator? The service guy also said more then likely that theres a tensioner that's bad.

Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem with the tensioner and belt.

Any responses would be appricated. Thanks
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:01 AM
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Another question: What are the chances of the belt actually breaking while driving? Is it worth the risk?

Thanks again.
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when you get home look it over, if it was the belt replace it. For the few bucks a belt costs far outweighs the risk of overheating or losing the brakes when the belt goes. As for the week of waiting it shouldnt be of any concern. Easy fix.
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Ok, I'm replacing the belt for sure, I'm wondering if its safe to drive for the hour drive to the dealership? Thank you for the response though
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