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Old 05-07-2008, 07:40 PM
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Belt problems... I think

So I was driving my car yesterday, a little harder than usual but nothing major. I was in 3rd driving through a big parking lot and gave it some gas and the car just seemed to lug and not accelerate. I down shifted to 2nd, same problem. As I am almost to the parking spot I put the clutch in like usual and it instantly dies. I try to start it once I am parked and my starter (I'm guessing) sounds like sh*t and the car wont start. I pop the hood and the belt for the cam gears is loose like I could push it down between the gears and if I really wanted could pull it off the gears. I have after market cams and gears, and when they were installed I got a new tensioner as well. Does anyone know what could be wrong. My guess is somehow the tensioner went bad or something, but it is brand new so idk how that could be. All of it was installed by a shop who I personally don't think did the best job in the world. They are usually a pretty legit place from what everyone says but idk I just don't think it was grade A work. I am not saying that it is the shops fault, it is just my personal experience. Anyone know what the problem could be?
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yeah, I think you answered your own question
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But the tensioner is brand new, how could it have gone bad already?
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a bad install

is it manual or auto (tensioner)?
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Did you replace the belt at the same time? It could be that the belt is worn and failing... you want to get that fixed asap, as that is your timing belt (which i assume you already know)
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Ya I know its the timing belt, it was replaced at the same time. If my memory serves me correctly it is a manual tensioner. i think that is what they told me since the stock one is auto right? I am guessing this is something that I am just gonna have to take care of though a shop?
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if your timing is off and you're not a mechanic you probably want a shop to take care of it, find an actual tuning shop, the dealership won't touch your car unless you live in an area where the dealership has a motor sports division, midas or any other chain will just **** it up

stock is a auto, manual is from the 4th gen
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:58 PM
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Ya I am pretty sure it is a manual but could be wrong. I guess I am just gonna have to taker in a spend money I dont have...
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Have you (or any previous owners) done the swap? If not, then it's the auto tensioner.
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:41 PM
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I am guessing u mean makin the 4th gen manual fit the 5th gen and I dont believe so so I am guessin its auto. I weill pbly be takin it into the shop this weekend, so I will let everyone know oonce I figure everything out
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