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Got my car back from the garage :D

major improvement to the brakes. :cheesy:

ARB droplinks replaced and poly bushes added. :cheesy:

fuel filter replaced (line cracked at the filter instead of the fuse method)

idler pully replaced. :cheesy:

one problem he had was the Centre Tensioner pully. :evil:

do you need a special tool as the mechanic couldnt get the torx bolt out as it was too long with the torx bit in place.

any advice greatly appreciated. the pulley is making noise and it needs replaced.

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Good to see the smilies:cheesy:

As a mechanic I try to do things the easiest/fastest possible way.
I have always changed filters by cracking lines to relieve pressure, also, and particularly with the Diesel, I refill the canister with fluid.
But this cannot be done with the horizontal layout very well.

Probably the best reason for the "short belt" conversion is the elimination of the very difficult to access "middle" or lower pulley..I am sure that after a number of fasteners have been loosened/removed ( allowing the engine to float a bit), one can pull this pulley, but it would cost more that a new short belt, probably a lot more..
 

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I changed the center pulley about 35,000 miles ago by grinding a torx bit to about half of its original length and using a 1/4 inch size ratcheting box wrench on the bit to get the bolt out. Next time its the short belt mod for me.
 
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