Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: After belt replacement, belt tensioner squeaks and is loose

asked by on

I took my car to the shop to get the belt replaced. After they installed the new one, they told me that the belt tensioner had a squeak and was loose, suggesting that they should replace it. They explained that it would be 3 hours labor and several hundred dollars. Before I proceed with this, do you think that when they replaced the belt that something might have happened then, to cause this belt tensioner problem?

A: More likely mileage and time wore the tensi...

More likely mileage and time wore the tensioner out. The tensioner bearing wears out with mileage - it’s good to replace the tensioner pulley/bearing when replacing the belt. The tensioner itself is spring-actuated, and the spring can get weak over the years. The squeaking is likely from the tensioner bearing itself. If you decide to get it fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can help you replace your belt tensioner as necessary.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: On start AC is working fine, after 5-10 mins i am starting to hear loud fast clicking noises.!?

The compressor clutch on the vehicle may be caused by an excessive clutch to pulley gap or an excessive resistance in the compressor field coil. A check on the gap in the pulley to clutch can be performed by using...

Q: 1984 Mercedes fails to start

If the car is not starting because it has no spark, you want to begin in the distributor. Take off the cap and have someone turn the engine over. Is the distributor turning? If it isn't, then you have a...

Q: Broken timing tensioner pulley

Hello there, a broken timing belt tensioner pulley will cause big issues with your 1990 BMW 325i. When the timing belt slips or breaks it can cause the valve timing to get thrown off and the valve can hit the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...