Serpentine Belt Tensioner Pulley May Wear Out on Oldsmobile Intrigue

The serpentine belt tensioner pulley may wear out. Our technicians tell us that in order to get a new pulley from General Motors you must purchase a complete belt tensioner assembly.


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Average mileage: 121,551 (105,653–144,000)
Engine affected: 3.5L V6
3 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2001
7 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue- 3.5L V6115,000
Tensioner pulley fell apart, releasing all bearing balls. Purchased a new pulley (JUST THE PULLEY NOT THE WHOLE ASSEMBLY) from Pep Boyz for $20.
serpentine belt assembly wore out and failed. couldn't get just part needed, had to replace whole thing
The pulley would make a squeaking noise due to a bad bearing. I got one from Autozone for around 25 dollars.
The GM technician replaced my drive belt. Two days later the new belt failed. The tensioner pulley had worn out causing the belt to wear during acceleration. The new tensioner with labor cost nearly $600.00!
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