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CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner

Part No. 89288 Warranty Details  
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CARQUEST by Dayco® Automatic Belt Tensioners are specifically built to outperform and outlast competitive OE parts. Each component is built to resist rust, endure the toughest of conditions while promoting quieter performance and longer life.

Product Features:
  • Manufactured with a specially coated patented flat wire spring to allow the internal tension to be concentric, thus providing a more even degree of constant tension
  • The heavy duty cast aluminum spring case resists cracking and fatigue
  • The required plastic elbows & o-rings are included
  • Made in the USA
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Belt Type:Serpentine
Mounting Type:Automatic, Integral
Pulley Diameter:76 in
Pulley Material:Steel
Pulley Type:Flat
Pulley Width:31 in

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CARQUEST by DaycoAutomatic Belt Tensioner
 
3.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Replacement (6)
  • Everyday driving (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (4), Casual driver (3), Mechanic (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

"No slack" in my drive belt system

Dayco is a premier manufacturer of drive belt parts. They make excellent belts which I've used for years and so I was confident their tensioner would be of the utmost quality (and it...Read complete review

Dayco is a premier manufacturer of drive belt parts. They make excellent belts which I've used for years and so I was confident their tensioner would be of the utmost quality (and it is) best of all, Dayco makes their products in the USA.
This tensioner was needed to replace a less then 2-month-old Dorman unit in which the tensioner arm completely sheared off the bracket during use. Being an emergency purchase, I didn't care about brand assuming it wasn't another Dorman. Luckily, I found this one at AA. It installs easy, fits well and performs perfectly. I like the metal pulley over the OE plastic one as well. The kit comes complete with heater elbow and seals for FWD cars. I gave it 4 stars (4.5 would have been more appropriate) because it lacks the proper seals for a RWD car's heater hoses. I had to travel to my local hardware store to find the proper thickness o-rings as the one's included are for FWD cars and WILL NOT work on a RWD application. Aside from that, I am very happy I bought this unit and have no idea why there are negative past reviews.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DOESN"T LAST..... POOR QUALITY

I have installed this product on a 1997 Buick LeSabre 3800 V6 engine. After a short period of use, the tensioner wears and the pulley begins to misallign the belt. The belt then...Read complete review

I have installed this product on a 1997 Buick LeSabre 3800 V6 engine. After a short period of use, the tensioner wears and the pulley begins to misallign the belt. The belt then begins to track near the edge of the tensioner pulley. If you hit a puddle of water when driving in wet weather the belt comes off. I have had this problem with 3 of these........ I installed an AC Delco OEM tensioner and now have no problems. This tensioner is JUNK. Relpace with OEM.

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5.0

Better Then OEM

By 

from Toledo Ohio

Verified Buyer

Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

A lot lighter than the factory one and more smooth spinning. Looks more heavy duty without the weight.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Problems At All

By 

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Fairly mechanical

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Helpful Reviewer

Pros

  • Same as oriiginal
  • Works great

Cons

  • GM design sucks

Best Uses

    Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

    Product works great. Ford tensioners are much easier to change. What was GM thinking making the belt tensioner part of the cooling system. Had to beat with rubber hammer to loosen and a piece of origial broke and was hard to get out. Keep track of the orings that come in plastic bag. I don't know why others are having problems. Mine went on fine and is still going strong. No wetness issues. It's a bad job no matter which suppliers unit you put in but I can't think of why rain is an issue.

     
    4.0

    Some Experience Necessary!

    By 

    from Kissimmee, FL

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Almost Oem But Not Quite

    Cons

    • Issues With Heater Hoses

    Best Uses

      Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

      This is a good part and installs fairly straight-forward, but it has several issues and you will need to be aware of these! One is the heater hose connections, which will require a few good-sized washers with a larger diameter center hole to shim the space between the Buick hose retainer screw and the screw area on the new part. This happens often in Chinese-made product, as they dont 'get it right' and why I wonder!

      The instructions are vague and sketchy at best, but you might get lucky! Check the web for further educational videos (You Tube is great) and watch for the hard parts like where the old plastic insert tube breaks inside the engine! It must be removed before installing the new tensioner, but it is not as hard as one might imagine! Good luck!

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      4.0

      Looks good

      By 

      from central VA

      About Me Casual Driver

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      3 or more reviews submitted

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficult To Install

      Best Uses

      • Replacement

      Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

      Just installed this 9/7/13. This is something I would not reccommend to a novice due to the level of difficulty and knowledge needed. As to durability and quality all I hhave to go on are Dayco's claims from their web site. I have only put about 26 miles on the car since installing it.

       
      4.0

      Quality

      By 

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Casual Driver

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Need O Rings For Rwd

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Driving
      • Replacement

      Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

      Very easy installation it just needs RWD O-rings. You really don't need to drain the coolant; some will leak out, just buy a gallon and top it off when you finish.

       
      4.0

      1st part defective but exchanged easily

      By 

      from Pearland TX

      About Me Mechanic

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • 1st Part Was Defective

      Best Uses

      • Replacement

      Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

      1st part defective but was exchanged for good part with no problems

       
      4.0

      Part works great with a small upgrade

      By 

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Driving

        Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

        I installed the belt tensioner approx. 6 months ago and recently began getting squeaking noise in the morning on damp or rainy days. I noticed that the belt was sitting on the edge of the pulley. My girlfriend drove it about a month ago and hit a puddle and the belt came off. That was the only time this happened. I recently removed the pulley and installed a washer to adjust it approx. 2-3mm and now the belt sits in the middle of the pulley and no more squeaking. Based on the location of the belt, I doubt it will come off from another puddle. A new part should not have to be shimmed, but I have learned after 20 years of working on vehicles, it makes sense to make sure the part fits properly whether it is new or reman.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        "No slack" in my drive belt system

        By 

        from New Jersey

        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Mechanic

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Improves Engine Efficiency
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Lacks Seals For Rwd

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Driving
        • Performance Driving
        • Racing
        • Replacement
        • Restoration

        Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

        Dayco is a premier manufacturer of drive belt parts. They make excellent belts which I've used for years and so I was confident their tensioner would be of the utmost quality (and it is) best of all, Dayco makes their products in the USA.
        This tensioner was needed to replace a less then 2-month-old Dorman unit in which the tensioner arm completely sheared off the bracket during use. Being an emergency purchase, I didn't care about brand assuming it wasn't another Dorman. Luckily, I found this one at AA. It installs easy, fits well and performs perfectly. I like the metal pulley over the OE plastic one as well. The kit comes complete with heater elbow and seals for FWD cars. I gave it 4 stars (4.5 would have been more appropriate) because it lacks the proper seals for a RWD car's heater hoses. I had to travel to my local hardware store to find the proper thickness o-rings as the one's included are for FWD cars and WILL NOT work on a RWD application. Aside from that, I am very happy I bought this unit and have no idea why there are negative past reviews.

         
        3.0

        Good and Bad Part

        By 

        from Madison Heights, MI

        About Me Auto Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Works For Now

        Cons

        • Idler Pully Noise

        Best Uses

        • Replacement

        Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

        1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 3.8L.

        Before I started working on my car, I didn't need this part. I only wanted to replace the common $3 90 degree plastic elbow that went to this part/engine. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention when pulling this part to get at the elbow and broke the aluminum fitting that plugs into the block on the the back of this tensioner. One of the reasons I wasn't careful was the replacement elbow came with two different ones and I thought the other one was getting replaced and was where I couldn't see it. Sadly I was mistaken.

        So I found this part on Rock Auto but wanted it now. I ordered online and picked up at the store. Though it cost me $30 more than Rock.

        It looks to be a great part to replace one you broke the fitting on. However, like all the other reviews, my idler pulley makes noise.

        I put my old one on and it was quite. I went back to the new one with the old fastener, because I though the problem could have been the washer they have on there, as opposed to the factory. It still makes noise, I suspect the bearing isn't made for the load as it's quiet at idle and gets louder when it's loaded more.

        I'm planning on getting a good quality idler pulley/bearing later, and I have my original as a spare for now.

        In summary, this part looks to be a good replacement for the original, if you brake your fitting replacing the $3 elbow. the arm and spring seem to be good. However, I would not trust the pulley.

        I recommend this part with that exception.

         
        1.0

        Does not live up to expectations!

        By 

        from central VA

        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Diy When Possible

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        3 or more reviews submitted

        Pros

        • Looks good

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install
        • Fails Quickly
        • Not Worth The Price

        Best Uses

        • Replacement

        Comments about CARQUEST by Dayco Automatic Belt Tensioner:

        Installed on 9/7/13 and just 6 months and 7,200 miles it makes more noise than the original did with 136,000 miles on it. And yes, I carefully checke the pully alignments when installed. I am going to put a new pully on the original and reinstall it!

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        • Q:

          Ok so i replaced my tensioner assembly i put the tensioner and everything back together but now my belt has all this extra room. Did i do something wrong or is it my belt.
          Asked on 3/20/2013 by Jervel from United States

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            Sorry, without the presence of your vehicle we would not be able to properly diagnose it nor provide you with a 100% answer. We would suggest that you take your vehicle to a certified mechanic for further diagnosis. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

            Answered on 3/21/2013 by Steve from AAP
        • Q:

          How do you remove the belt tensioner and replace all the hoses and parts needed for a 1997 buick lasebra with 3800 engine? Please help that you:
          Asked on 1/16/2011 by coltmaster from panama city, florida

          1 answer

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            A:

            I would suggest taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic for a proper installation.

            Answered on 2/11/2011 by David the Dynamite Parts Guy from AAP
        • Q:

          How do you remove this belt tensioner?
          Asked on 1/16/2011 by coltmaster from florida

          1 answer

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            A:

            For step by step instructions I recommend that you go to your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and purchase a repair manual.

            Answered on 2/11/2011 by David the Dynamite Parts Guy from AAP
        • Q:

          do you have the hoses that go on the belt tensioner of a 98 camaro 3.8 automatic. I think the ports are called water ducts. They dont have anything to do with the belt tensioner activity.
          Asked on 11/29/2010 by Ram from Pflugerville tx

          1 answer

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            A:

            Those hoses are called heater hoses. We do not have those for your vehicle.

            Answered on 11/30/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
        • Q:

          do you have the hoses that connect to the water ports and what are they called? Thanks Ram
          Asked on 11/28/2010 by RAM from Pflugerville TX

          1 answer

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            A:

            For further assistance, please provide the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle

            Answered on 11/29/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
        • Q:

          What size o-rings do you need to install (re-install) this part? I need the sizes for the plastic elbow, the lower insert and the heater hoses if you have them....
          Asked on 11/17/2010 by Doug from Y-Town, OH

          1 answer

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            A:

            I would recommend purchasing a Haynes repair manual for your vehicle. This will have many of the specifications needed for a variety of repairs.

            Answered on 1/12/2011 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          is this easy to put on ?
          Asked on 8/7/2010 by dboy da kid..BUICK ALL DAY from SOUF EAST DC

          1 answer

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            A:

            For step by step instructions i recommend that you go to your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and purchase a repair manual.

            Answered on 8/7/2010 by Kevin from AAP
        • Q:

          why does this one look differant from the factory assembly
          Asked on 1/17/2010 by madmax from union sc

          2 answers

          • A:

            aftermarket part

            Answered on 3/11/2010 by yamama from uranus
          • A:

            because the factory part is junk and this one is a better design on how the tensioner attached to the body of the plate and won't come apart like the factory one

            Answered on 7/2/2010 by gm is junk from wilkes-barre, pa
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