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    Tensioner Pulley NOT spinning

    Hello, my name is Jose and I have a 99 wrangler with the 2.5l engine with the standard trans. My tensioner pulley is not spinning and is running through serpentine belts like water(3 so far in 2 weeks). I have since replaced the pulley itself and that has not helped. My question is.. is there a spacer that goes behind the pulley itself so that it’s not stuck on the mounting plate and able to spin freely. Currently, the pulley grinds on the mounting plate because I assume there is no spacer to separate the two components. This is my girlfriends daily driver and I can’t find anywhere online where people have had the same issue. Any knowledge is appreciated! Thank you!

    Ps. The tensioner is the bolt style tensioner, not your typical 1/4” drive rotation tensioner. The tensioner assembly works fine and seems to do its job, my issue is that the tensioner pulley has been grinding on the mounting plate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jbelaval View Post
    Hello, my name is Jose and I have a 99 wrangler with the 2.5l engine with the standard trans. My tensioner pulley is not spinning and is running through serpentine belts like water(3 so far in 2 weeks). I have since replaced the pulley itself and that has not helped. My question is.. is there a spacer that goes behind the pulley itself so that it’s not stuck on the mounting plate and able to spin freely. Currently, the pulley grinds on the mounting plate because I assume there is no spacer to separate the two components. This is my girlfriends daily driver and I can’t find anywhere online where people have had the same issue. Any knowledge is appreciated! Thank you!

    Ps. The tensioner is the bolt style tensioner, not your typical 1/4” drive rotation tensioner. The tensioner assembly works fine and seems to do its job, my issue is that the tensioner pulley has been grinding on the mounting plate.


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    Put a straight edge across various pullies and see if that tensioner one sits lower. They should all be on the same plane when the belt is spinning.
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    Just found this online. Not sure if it's the same as yours but it's sold as a kit and comes with some kind of spacer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Just found this online. Not sure if it's the same as yours but it's sold as a kit and comes with some kind of spacer.

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    Okay so this one actually has the spacer that ours does not have. Thank you, I just needed to make sure that THAT spacer was the one I needed! Thanks!!!


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