How VW Serpentine Belt Tensioners Fail ~ Video

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Next up in our Failed VW Parts series we are looking at the serpentine belt tensioner. We are not looking at the failure of one specific serpentine belt tensioner. This applies to all belt tensioners, even on non-VW cars. This type of failure can be anything from somewhat annoying to leaving you stranded, and even cause catastrophic engine damage.

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Join me as we dive into and chat about:

  • Do these videos mean VW is not a good car?
  • What is a VW Serpentine Belt Tensioner?
  • What is a Serpentine Belt?
  • How do VW Serpentine Belt Tensioner work
  • How do VW Serpentine Belt Tensioner fail?
  • Symptoms of VW Serpentine Belt Tensioner failure
  • Diagnosing a failed VW Serpentine Belt Tensioner
  • Is the VW Serpentine Belt Tensioner a DIY?
  • and more

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