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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:33 PM
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Tensioner question

I have searched all over for this and have not found a definitive answer. I took my car to the shop with my own parts. The job at hand was the drive tensioner pulley. Since I wasn't sure of what I had I bought both, mechanical and hydraulic. They were to leave whatever wasn't needed alone and I was going to return it. Well the mechanic saw the hydraulic drive tensioner and replaced the AC tensioner with the hydraulic drive tensioner. Also replaced the proper drive tensioner with the mechanical tensioner.

Long story short the wrong part number is installed for the AC tensioner, is this a real issue at all?

11281717188 vs 11281717210

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Old 12-13-2014, 12:07 PM
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Both the parts you listed are hydraulic. What was the mechanical tensioner you bought?
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Old 12-13-2014, 02:11 PM
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Both the parts you listed are hydraulic. What was the mechanical tensioner you bought?
I had the 11281717188 which is built for the drive tensioner, but mechanic installed it as the AC tensioner. Starting to think, if the belts are tight then that is all that should really matter.
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:08 PM
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That's just what I was thinking. If it works, why bother changing it?
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So long as its not too tight - bad on the bearings.
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