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So this little tale begins with a simple removal of the air conditioner in my '96 3.8 bird.

So I notice a horrid screeching sound coming from the passenger side in the engine bay. After attempting to grease the pulleys the sound didn't go away. I noticed that the clutch on the air-conditioner seemed to be noises source, so I decided to just take the thing off. (Seeing as I don't use it, it didn't affect me in the least.)

After purchasing a bypass pulley from my local NAPA store two weeks ago, I finally got around to putting it on this week. Simple as it was it began a three day $120 fiasco...

The day after the swap I had just changed the lower ball joint on the passenger side noticed a ticking sound, and what sounded like sparks. So I go to my parents and pop the hood only to be treated to a belt that was sliced up pretty good, which had knocked the return line off the radiator which was splashing coolant onto my battery.

Here's what went through my mind: "Holy f***ing s***... I'm so glad I caught this when I did..." What had apparently happened was the belt hopped the alternator and road along while ripping it in half. The free strand took out the coolant return line which caused the spray onto the battery.

Again in my mind I thought: "Simple fix." So I got a ride down to get a new belt and align the bypass pulley as it was off a bit. Drove around all day and all seemed well.

So that was yesterday, and today I woke up and checked the belt... No problems.
Drove 30 miles to work... Checked the belt, no problems.

I head towards my apartment and notice that I can't accelerate like I should be able to and the noise has returned, (Yes... I said 3.8 and accelerate in reference to a thunderbird in a sentence...) so I once more stop at my parents and pop the hood...

And here's where I nearly fell over.

The belt was shreaded... and it had melted into all of the pulleys... except one. The tensioner pulley had... well... vanished.

Gone.

All that remained was a single ring of plastic and... what was left of the bearing... So I got a ride down to advance, where I bought the belt the day before, and got a new pulley and belt... which even with a 1 year warranty, (and only having been bought the day before) couldn't be returned.

I'd post pictures of the situation, but it's late and I'm tired of dealing with it. Maybe tomorrow I'll get pictures of the two belts and the pulleys...

So yeah... the simple only became complicated... I've never had so much go wrong all at once... :mad:
 

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Wow, that's a fun little escapade. Tell you what, next time (God forbid) you get a really bad accessory noise like that, take a long-handled screwdriver and press the tip up against the suspect accessory while the car is running. Put your ear down on the handle-end of the screwdriver and you'll know right away if you've found the culprit or not. If you've got the means, a mechanic's stethoscope is a better way of doing it, but the screwdriver method is pretty easy.
 

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Wow, that's a fun little escapade. Tell you what, next time (God forbid) you get a really bad accessory noise like that, take a long-handled screwdriver and press the tip up against the suspect accessory while the car is running. Put your ear down on the handle-end of the screwdriver and you'll know right away if you've found the culprit or not. If you've got the means, a mechanic's stethoscope is a better way of doing it, but the screwdriver method is pretty easy.
That's what I did, but I used a ratchet extension.

But the first one I got to on the passenger side was the air conditioner and it was vibrating pretty badly, so I just did the delete. It was just a bad couple of days.
 

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Wow, that's a fun little escapade. Tell you what, next time (God forbid) you get a really bad accessory noise like that, take a long-handled screwdriver and press the tip up against the suspect accessory while the car is running. Put your ear down on the handle-end of the screwdriver and you'll know right away if you've found the culprit or not. If you've got the means, a mechanic's stethoscope is a better way of doing it, but the screwdriver method is pretty easy.


LOL thats a excellent idea.........never thought of doing that.... i almost bought a stethoscope too.. thanks for saving me some moneyyyyyyyyy
 

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Ouch

Well................some days the dog bites you and other days you bite the dog.

A car has a way of getting your attention or back at you for something.
 

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the stethascope is very nice to have tho IMHO. It's much longer and skinnier than a screwdriver, and the sound is more concentrated, plus your head isnt anywhere near/close to the engine while you're listening. Just keep that one in mind! :)
 
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