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2000 Ford Explorer Question: Metallic clicking noise when car is idling.

 

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TJSmooth, 4.0L V6 SOHC, House Springs, MO, July 15, 2014, 08:07
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At first i thought the noise was coming from the heat shield underneath until I got under and followed the noise up to my engine. upon further review I isolated the source to be my Belt tensioner Pulley. The arm assembly was vibrating up and down and hitting another piece of metal. I put a long screwdriver in between the movement and noise stopped. Do I need to replace or can this be corrected? In addition the noise gets worse if I turn on the A/C.

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    ziptie12 July 15, 2014, 08:52
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    Replace the tensioner assembly , the noise gets worse with A/C , because of the increased load. A new belt(if you are saving the money on labor , by doing it yourself) would not hurt , get quality parts and do it only once!

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    TJSmooth, July 15, 2014, 09:01
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    Thanks for the input will get parts and fix

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