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Old 07-12-2011, 12:46 AM
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So yet another update.

When putting everything back together I saw that the indicator on the belt tensioner was at about 80%. I didn't worry too much about it, the belt looked fine. I assumed just a little stretched. I went and bought a replacement today, installed it, and the indicator was still at 80%. Turns out whoever had the truck before me was a bit creative in their routing. Nothing was running backwards or anything, but instead of going from the compressor->water pump->alternator, it went compressor->alternator->water pump->power steering. I guess it's possible that having tension on the shaft of the water pump at about the 1:30 position rather than the 12:00 *maybe* had something to do with the failure. But it's a shaft, and I don't really think so.

There was no belt routing sticker under the hood, else maybe I would have caught this sooner.
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