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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:32 PM
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Tensioner squeak question

Sons 96 328i vert developed a squeal from must be the bearing in tensioner pulley so I replaced just the pulley itself. (This version does not have an idler pulley). When I took the pulley off it seemed worn I figured I had found the squeal. I noticed there was no rear bearing shim when I took it off. Replaced the pulley, squeal is back?

Missing shim potential source or is it supposed to have oner is it going to be the Alternator or PS pulley as culprits?

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Old 04-20-2015, 08:25 PM
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Replacing the tensioners without replacing the belts in most cases will still present you with a squeal.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:43 PM
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Bearing shim?
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Mechanical tensioner, correct? Or hydraulic tensioner? I'm not sure what shim you're talking about, but if you're missing a part then I'd replace it.

Mechanical tensioner diagram: realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG23&mospid=47485&btnr=11_1447&hg=11&fg=18
Hydraulic tensioner diagram: realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG23&mospid=47485&btnr=11_1499&hg=11&fg=18
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:45 AM
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Thanks- it's the mechanical tensioner from the first RealOEM diagram. Seems that both washers #6 are missing. I guess
I need to replace both.

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