Stripped tensioner pulley bolt. - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


2000-2005 Discuss your 2000-2005 Bonneville SE, SLE, and SSEi Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-04-2006, 10:01 PM   #1
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Posts: 922
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1994se is on a distinguished road
Default Stripped tensioner pulley bolt.

So today i decided to change my supercharger oil and the supercharger coupler. All went well until i went to put everything together. I didn't really see the bolts on the tensioner pulleys but a 1/4" allen fit into it nicely and worked fine to get the SC belt off. but when i went to put it on, STRIPPED. So now im assuming these bolts actually require a pretty large torx bit?

I've read on here that you can drive the car without the belt on and the only thing you lose is the supercharger. Im not really trying to drive it too much without the belt on, probably just to the mechanic. Ive read something on here about using a bolt extractor to get the stripped bolt out of the pulley. How difficult is this? has anyone on here had to do that before? Where can i get a replacement bolt for the tensioner pulley?

Sorry for the rambling but this is pretty frustrating seeing as i was planning on having this all finished tonight. thanks for any input.
1994se is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 10:09 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Purgatory
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
harofreak00 is on a distinguished road
Default

i believe its a T45 torx... do you have one of those bits? unless its REALLY stripped

you are fine driving it around without the belt... grab a bolt extractor and get er fixed!
harofreak00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 10:10 PM   #3
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Posts: 922
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1994se is on a distinguished road
Default

no i don't have one now and im not really familiar with how they work. Would an autoparts store have a replacement bolt for that pulley or do i have to special order it?
1994se is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 10:12 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Purgatory
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
harofreak00 is on a distinguished road
Default

its basically a big drill bit that works in reverse forcing the bolt out backwards...

dealer might have the replacement bolt, parts store will not probably.. a junkyard/member might be the best bet

can you get a pic?
harofreak00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 10:21 PM   #5
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Posts: 922
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1994se is on a distinguished road
Default

Name:  enginebaystage1006.jpg
Views: 42
Size:  64.9 KB

Name:  enginebaystage1005.jpg
Views: 44
Size:  65.8 KB
1994se is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 10:26 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Purgatory
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
harofreak00 is on a distinguished road
Default

yeah thats stripped

you might be able to get that bolt off with the HUGE head on it.. try a channel locks...
harofreak00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 11:37 PM   #7
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Mi
Posts: 5,656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Archon is on a distinguished road
Default

A standard bolt extractor won't help much as they are designed to work with standard right hand threaded bolts. The bolt for the pulley on the tensioner is left handed. I think that bolt takes a T47, so as stripped out as it is, you may be able to wack a T50 in there enough to at least get started loosening it. Keeping in mind you are now doing righty-loosey, lefty-tighty. Another option is to try to beat it out with a chisel.
Archon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 11:39 PM   #8
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Posts: 922
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1994se is on a distinguished road
Default

i actually can get a T45 in it, im wondering would it be safer to make the effort to take the bolt out, or to try and crank on it again to get the belt on. im thinking the safe bet would be to try and get the bolt out.
1994se is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 11:45 PM   #9
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Mi
Posts: 5,656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Archon is on a distinguished road
Default

As you've likely found, it takes a fair amount of force to push that over enough to get the belt on. If you think you can manage that in the condition it'* in - give it a try. If it were me, I'd work on getting the bolt out.
Archon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 12:00 AM   #10
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Bonney Lake/Ellensburg, Washington- WCBF '04, '05, '06, '07 Survivor-
Posts: 7,098
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
driverjohn2005 is on a distinguished road
Default

wtf.... they made the TENSIONER, of all bolts, a TORX?! GREAT idea
driverjohn2005 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stripped cradle bolt. steveyjr1982 General GM Chat 5 02-18-2011 10:35 AM
best way to take out 15mm stripped bolt. 94BonnieSE Lounge 9 10-09-2006 06:55 PM
SC Tensioner Pulley bolt TrueWildMan 2000-2005 8 12-14-2005 08:47 PM
Help :-( ....stripped Oil Pan Bolt jessie_harbin 1992-1999 5 11-07-2005 04:37 AM
anyone ever have a stripped caliper mounting bolt? Nytro67 1992-1999 7 06-11-2003 05:06 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:19 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.