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My dealer says the a/c accessory belt tensioner puller is the culprit for producing the squeal in my 2004 xlr engine compartment. The bearing is going out so it needs replacing. Both belts were changed 1000 miles ago before I purchased it. My dealer says the part is discontinued, and they can’t find the recommended replacement (part # 12590199) anywhere. It too has been discontinued. Since this is a common problem with these cars, how have other XLR owners fixed this problem??? My dealer has had it for two months now. It was suppose to be stored indoors, but now I found out that it’s been casted aside outside in the weather, because they say they can’t fix it. My dealership is 200 miles away. Is there an aftermarket part that would work? Any help is appreciated.

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So hees what we found out. if you have the 04/05 with a round spring type tensioner, they show to still be available for about 250 from some sources. They may or may not have them. If you cannot get that tensioner you will need a mounting bracket update for the new style tensioner. Thses brackets are not avaiable new. Most recycle shops will not pull them off of an engine so they will be hard to find. Expect$$$%. The good thing js that many failed early back in 04/05 and had the new bracket and tensioner replaced under warranty . so your car may have the newer shock type tensioner and will not need a bracket change. The bracket i had was sold today and i will be getting the old style tensioner and bracket. My hope is we can rebuild the tensioner or modify the bracket so a change is not needed. I will update the post when i find out.
 

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Well it’s now going on four months since dropping my car off at the Cadillac dealership in NV., and I received a text this morning telling me it’s ready to be picked up. Yippee! Thanks to “bion” who sent me a remanufactured replacement, along with the bracket to go with it, or it would still be sitting there.

I haven’t received the final invoice for it, but the pre-invoice is charging me double for the labor ($360). Pre-invoice states “labor doubled due to having to perform repair twice due to slight difference in the bracket supplied by customer.” Both myself and bion gave them advanced notice that the GM recommended newly designed replacement tensioner, required a different bracket, which is why it was sent along with the tensioner. I’m certainly no Cadillac tech, but it seems to me that one would install the bracket first, before installing the new tensioner, which would have eliminated the need to have to do the repair over again. But how can the repair have been done twice if the new parts were only installed once with the tech having to modify the bracket slightly for fitment? The dealer also damaged the a/c compressor while changing the tensioner. They tried to charge me for it, but the Service Manager already told me they broke it and were replacing it at N/C. However, the Service Advisor has yet to remove it from the invoice.

Does three hours in labor ($360) sound about right for replacing the a/c tensioner? I don’t want to question the dealer about the charge if that’s what it normally costs.

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