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I'm the latest victim of "The curse of the $0.05 piece".

K_Watson on Mon July 20, 2009 9:30 PM User is offline

Year: 98
Make: Chevy
Model: Prizm
Engine Size: 1.8
Country of Origin: United States

After spending all my spare cash putting a new A/C system on this car, I have fallen victim to "The curse of the $0.05 piece".

A $0.05 rubber bushing at the joint of my $100 hydraulic belt tensioner has rotted and collapsed and now when I accelerate with my A/C on, the tensioner vibrates and makes an annoying rapid BRP!BRP!BRP! sound until I reach about thirty. The bushing does not appear to be replaceable, so I will either have to live with it and hope it doesn't get worse or fix it. But since I'm not the kind of guy that just lives with things I can fix, I am going to have to spend the money to fix it.

Now, I have to decide, do I either replace the whole tensioner with a $115 Dayco, or the $50 generic one on eBay, OR just replace the hydraulic part which is $30 on eBay, also generic.

Edited: Mon July 20, 2009 at 10:25 PM by K_Watson

bohica2xo on Mon July 20, 2009 11:24 PM User is offline

Replace the whole thing. Dayco or Gates, 88 bucks from Rock Auto, with a warranty & a real business behind it. E-Bay is for PEZ dispensers.


"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."
~ Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi, An Autobiography, M. K. Gandhi, page 446.

K_Watson on Mon July 20, 2009 11:29 PM User is offline

I forgot about RockAuto... Thanks!

I'm going to try something tomorrow, and if it doesn't work, I will probably go that route.

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