Timing Belt Tensioner stays in place without nut

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  1. oldman

    oldman New Member

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    Hi, I am in the process of replacing the timing belt on my 2006 Jetta TDI (BRM) for the first time. I have everything in place but noticed the belt tensioner will stay at the proper tension (not turning the engine over) with the nut removed. I think the old tensioner did the same thing. I would like to know if this is normal or if it is some thing I should be concerned about. If it is a concern I would like to know what to check. The tensioner locking tab is in the slot as it should be and everything else looks right to me. Help would be appreciated.
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  2. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

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    Normal enough, it can move slightly if you touch it though and always counterhold when giving it final torque or else it can rotate with the nut. Remember the final 1/8 turn too.
  3. oldman

    oldman New Member

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    Thank you for your response. I thought the tensioner would try to back off once the allen wrench was removed but am glad things are ok.

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