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Tensioner Pulley

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by xollox, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Jun 24, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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    xollox

    xollox [OP] Member

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    So I went wheeling in the Pine Barrens and attempted to use my Tacoma as a submarine. In the process I took out my starter (which I was able to open up and clean the solenoid, fixing my problem) and I have a metal-on-metal rubbing noise from the front end. After doing some reading around here, I took off the serpentine belt and spun each pulley by hand. The tensioner pulley had a ton of play so that seems to be my culprit. I also picked up a mechanics stethoscope at HF and confirmed it to be the problem.

    I know I can purchase an entire new tensioner assembly with the pulley (and people recommend rockauto for doing so) but I was hoping to save some money and only pick up the pulley that's bad and not the entire assembly. I read on here that the Gates #36173 can be used to replace tensioner pulley, but I believe it was in reference to the 4.0L. I was hoping to confirm that the same thing would work on the 2.7L.

    Has anyone successfully replaced their stock tensioner pulley with a Gates #36173 pulley on a 2nd gen 2.7L?
     
  2. Jun 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM
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    xollox

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    To answer my own question, it does appear to work just fine.

    Also, I read that the tensioner pulley bolt is LH threaded, but it was definitely lefty-loosey for me.
     
  3. Nov 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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    I just did my tensioner pulley the same way as you did (with the gates #36173) - seems to work perfectly. Any updates from your repair? Still running like a top?
     
  4. Nov 24, 2014 at 5:23 AM
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    xollox

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    Yup, still going strong.
     
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