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Old 09-14-2010, 02:44 PM
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I was heading home from buying me a new emblem at the ford dealership yesterday when my truck broke down on the side of the interstate. Turned out my belt tensioner broke completely off the motor and in process the belt shredded and ripped two power steering lines in half. The center bolt that holds the tensioner was still in place was still in place and tight. Looks like it just broke off around it. Luckily it fell off and bounced to the shoulder and not behind me into a car. Anywho after a couple hours I finally got it fixed. Went good for me since I have two trucks so I just drove my bronco to fix it. BTW its tough working on a vehicle on the side of the interstate. Just figured I share a crazy story with you guys.


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Old 09-14-2010, 04:15 PM
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odd. Ive lost my Idler Pulley acouple times on my 95. Never a tensioner.. Glad everything worked out ok though
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:16 PM
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just dumped an 04 Ex, mine broke in half in Red River new mexico. PITA
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:18 PM
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our work truck had the same issue.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:06 PM
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Glad to hear i'm not the only one. I just thought it was crazy how it could just fall off.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:23 PM
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Oh Yeah the night before we were to leave for the fair last summer , Stock trailer was packed and ready to go , all we had to do was load the steers . Went down to the shop to air up the tires and bang everything stops . So 7 am the next morning send the wife to town (5o miles) to get a new tensioner , Hopeing all goes well and we make it on time . Got the parts 20 min we're smoken . No sqeek or nuth'n just bang dead.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:36 PM
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This is a common enough problem. Usually a bearing goes on them, but I have seen a few snapped off. Glad you got it fixed.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:49 PM
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ive straight up just have my entire power steering pully come off while goin down the road....right before it came off i made a u-turn to go into a parking lot when i made the turn the wheel was a little loose didnt think anything of it...accelerated pretty good to get to the exit cause cars were coming. got into the turning lane started to hit brakes and the brake pedal was like shaking under my foot...so i let off and hit again harder and it stopped got into the parking fine steering wheel was still loose. i finally pulled into like 3 spots cause it was hardly turning hit the brakes one more time to put it in park and i heard a bang like something just dropped outta the truck...turned it off and found the power steering pully under the truck and the belt just hangin there nothing else broke or anything....some one explain that to me.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:50 PM
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happened to my other truck as wife was pulling out of the driveway. She comes inside and says "your truck does not want to turn". I go outside and there is the tensioner on the ground. Luckily she shut it off because she said it was a loud boom.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:42 AM
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Wow! I replaced my tesioner because I thought it was what was squeeking under the hood. turns out that was not it so I have a new one on the truck and the old spare in the garage. Maybe ill throw it behind the seat with all the other just incase parts I have back there!
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