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Old 10-28-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Idler pulley/belt tensioner

I have a 1998 southwind with a ford 460 engine. I think the Idler pulley/belt tensioner is causing a dry bearing like noise!? How hard is it to replace them? It makes a lot of noise at the first start and then gradually quiets down. I assume its idler pulley!? Any help would be appreciated before I lose my wallet's content at a repair shop. Paul
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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several youtube videos on subject.just go to youtube and put in "changing ford idler pulley". just take a picture of where belt goes before taking it apart.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:02 PM   #3
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i've done a few idler and tensioner's on the 460 but they were in f series trucks and e series vans. they can be swapped out with common hand tools. The parts can be had for about $140 including a new belt. The big question is how much access room you'll have on your r.v. you may have to pull a front tire and work through an access panel or pull the center dog house and change it through there. not a very difficult job if your mechanically inclined. the big thing is take your time and do it right. the last thing you want is to throw a belt out on the road.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:38 AM   #4
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Paul, are you sure that it isn't an alternator belt, or another belt. That would give you the same sounds. Eddie Elk.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:03 PM   #5
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Spray some water on the belt while it is making noise, if the noise goes away then replace the belt.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:29 PM   #6
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I agree with Tiny Dog. Make sure what's making noise before throwing $$$$ at it.
Bearings don't heal themselves. How long since belts were changed ? How many miles on belts ? Far too many questions before $$$$ spend.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:43 PM   #7
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Check your alternator!! Gm alts of your vintage were notorious for bad bearings. Just remove belt, spin alt and check for noise or rough sounds. The belt tensioner is held in with one bolt, super tight, easy to change.
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water test video

I don't know if its a serpentine belt - but this is the video I used to find that my new alternator pulley needed to be lined up with the other pulleys. hope it helps
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