Serpentine Belt Tensioner Pulley May Wear Out on Oldsmobile Intrigue

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.


Problem Data
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Average mileage: 121,551 (105,653–144,000)
Engine affected: 3.5L V6
3 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2001
8 people reported this problem
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Tensioner pulley fell apart, releasing all bearing balls. Purchased a new pulley (JUST THE PULLEY NOT THE WHOLE ASSEMBLY) from Pep Boyz for $20.
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!