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Old 04-14-2008, 11:56 PM   #21
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P.*. my engine coolant was almost empty and it was fine a few days ago if that has anything to do with my problem
Things are not looking up

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The belt tensior doesnt spin at all but the alt. does but i didnt really hear any weird noises. I have had any fuilds leaking from my car or anything so im not sure if its that. I thought it was once awhile back but it ended up being some gaskets. When would be the fastest that you could get me that part also?
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Sounds like your initial problem was not the alternator, but the tensioner. I can get it to you quickly if you want to pay for faster shipping.

The UIM/LIM gasket failure doesn't necessarily show any external fluid leaks. What does your oil look like?
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I just went outside and spun everything on my car and the alt isnt making any noise. Im not sure what my oil looks like i was planing on changing it but ive been busy. The reason why i thought it was my alt. in the 1st place was my volt gauge wasnt showing that it was holding a charge. It would often dip close to the red at random times and would take awhile to move my volt gauge up. Also how much is faster shipping?
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Before we go any further with the tensioner, check your oil.

Pull out the dipstick and look at it. Open the Oil Fill on the valve cover and look inside. See any chocolate milk?
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Ok I checked my oil and it looks fine just dark no chocolate milk looks.
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Run it for 5 minutes and check it again.

If it looks fine, you might have caught it JUST in time. But losing coolant is BAD.

You may be in the early stages of UIM and/or LIM gasket failure. Unrelated to your tensioner issue.


EVERY SINGLE L36 on this forum MUST follow that article BEFORE the failure. I can't stress this enough! All OEM GM UIM'* WILL fail and some will cost you your motor.
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Don't run it without the belt You'll have no waterpump.

I'll be on a little more tonight. PM me if you want that tensioner.
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ok thanks for all the help. So i would need the whole thing i couldnt just get the thing that the belt runs on?
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Is the pulley froze solid, the tensioner or both?
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