Question about 1996 Chevrolet Camaro
I have a 1996 Camaro, 6 cylinder and the idler or tension pulley just broke off from the motor.
It is not the fixed pulley but the one that is spring loaded.
Is there a fix or engineering change to address this problem?
I am in the process of replacing my tension assembly in my 1996 Camaro (also a 3800 V6). I haven't got it all apart yet, but I did buy a factory replacement part from O'Reilly's today. From what I can see from looking at the new part, you must remove your alternator first. At that point, you'll see that the tension assembly is a fairly large piece that is only held on by a few bolts. Toward the top, it forms one of the mounts that the alternator attaches to, and toward the bottow, it curves back out and has a couple of rubber hoses attached to it. I haven't figured out where the hoses go to exactly, but they look fairly easy to remove.
The thing that really threw me off is that I thought you had to have some sort of special tool to remove the tension assembly. I thought that just the tension pulley (black plastic wheel) and the arm that it attaches to was the assembly, but it's actually a big piece that attaches with a few bolts.
Well, I hope this points you in the right direction. Just remember, remove the alternator first and you'll see how big the assembly actually is.
Posted on Nov 25, 2008
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