'98 ZX2 Tensioner Broke HELP

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  1. cascri8150

    cascri8150 New Member

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    well, I was driving my 1998 escort zx2 the other day and heard a loud bang under my engine, so immediately pulled off the road to see WTF. Turned the car off, popped the hood, and found my serpentine belt had popped off.

    Upon further inspection I found my tensioner lodged down at the bottom near the radiator (thankfully it did no damage to the actual radiator). It appears that the bolt that mounts the tensioner to the engine block literally sheered off. I'm gonna guess the other half of the bolt is still stuck to the mount or the engine block, but I am no mechanic and can't take the side of the car off to get to that area to see anything. I don't even know if there is a bracket that the tensioner mounts to or it if mounts directly to the block.

    I need to know in a round about way what this is gonna cost to fix, because obviously its more than just going down and getting a new tensioner if the bolt is stuck in there....
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    What's that a picture of?
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    Those tensioner bolts aren't torqued down that much (IIRC 35 - 40 ft-lbs) so if the bolt didn't break cleanly, sometimes you can stick a flat head screwdriver in and literally unscrew what's left.

    Was the tensioner itself damaged? Pics if it was.
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    That's a picture of the tensioner pulley that broke off..thats the back side of it, showing the bolt that held the tensioner pulley in place where it broke. Obviously can't get a picture of the engine block to show you the other side of the bolt thats still stuck in there. I have no clue how to take the side panel of the car off and that's the only way to get to it. I'm no mechanic, just wanted to know if it was gonna cost more than 200 bucks or so to fix lol
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    I would need to see the end of the bolt better, but from what you show, it looks like it broke off pretty cleanly. That's bad in that it actually makes it harder to remove. I would try a reverse drill bit. I know even with an angled drill or drill adapter it isn't going to fit. I would remove the fender and/or fender liner and drill a hole to get through it with regular drill. I would add some penetrating oil first. Good luck!

    http://www.madelectrical.com/workshop/b ... olts.shtml
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    I had this happen to me yesterday. The pulley is attached to a arm which is spring loaded as seen in the picture you posted. if you remove some things out of your way underneath the car IE the plastics and such you will see it is held on by 3 bolts. i dont know yet if i can get the whole bracket for the pulley or not but i do know you might want to check your timing belt as mine was shredded as well. Ive been welding for over 6 years mig tig and stick and if i can buy that whole bracket i will, there is no sense in trying to weld the broken one up and hope your spring lock is in the right place when you install everything back in, or even try and remove the broken bolt from the bracket as well as the pulley arm.

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