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1995 Chrysler 3.5 liter timing issue-what indicates the belt tensioner needs replacement?

Owning a Chrysler LHS '95 3.5 liter V-6 we experienced intermittent overheating unable to remedy. After all obvious issues had been exhausted we went to the water pump. Finding that the timing belt was under insufficient tension, I replaced the tensioner with one from a salvaged car. The tensioner had to be compressed using a vise and the assumption was made that it had to be good and that all components inside the cover was without any flaw. We timed, reassembled and started the engine with entire success. The overheating was no longer a problem and the engine operated as well as it ever had during its 240,000 miles, believe me, the engine runs very well and uses almost no oil at all between changes.
Sitting at idle in a parking lot, the engine developed severe knocking sounds and we stopped immediately, and towed home. Opening the front timing cover we found the timing belt sloppy loose between the two cam shafts and tight as it should be at the crank and tensioner. Rotating the cam on the left bank, I pulled the belt tight bringing the slop to the bottom which was immediately taken up by the tensioner. Timing relationships are all fine and the engine runs without any complications after full exanimation of the timing elements. What's going on? I'm convinced that if this experience would have happened on the highway at speed, my wife would be without a car today. We can't afford to buy any thing for a long time and need to get this back on the road. Should I buy a new belt and tensioner? Could something else be causing interfderence between piston and valves as I suspected although I don't find any apparent damage.
Has there been any issues with the tensioners? Should it be replaced with each timing belt change? This belt appears to be brand new today, do you recommend changing it out anyway? How can I keep my wife safe as she travels 80 miles per day on the highway?

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Replace the tensioner too if its hydraullic

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SINCE WHEN YOU HAVE REPLACE OR CHANGE THE BELT..?

Timing belts last a 100,000 miles easy. Even the owner's manuals will generally state the replacement interval for a timing belt or serpentine belt to be over 100k 5 years. It is just inspections up till then.

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    Zander Rovic Ocampo Sep 28, 2008

    If belts have cracks or even small chunks 1/4 inch or less

    missing from the belt then that is fine and acceptable without requiring

    replacement.

    JUST MAKE AN INSPECTIONS AND DO CHECK.. BUT IT IS REQUIRED TO CHANGED IT IF THE BELT WAS OVER 100K OR 5YRS.

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