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I read that old poll about "does your car make this noise" and thought sure they were talking about my noise... the sound file does have this nasally vibrating noise that sounds like a vibrator stuck to the side of a large metal trash can, occurring everytime the motor passes through the rpm range of around 1000 to 1400 or so. Its more pronounced when engine cold, but its there all the time.

anyone know what this is and how to remedy? I had a old guy service writer ride with me and he says "yep, they all do it", but man is this irritating. it would be impossible to sell the car because people would assume something [like AC compressor] is breaking down :ugh3:.

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I had a similar sound, drove me nuts, was my serpentine belt tensioner, I replaced it last week and it cured the problem...Same one that Toyota sells for $170+ Autozone carries for $50 it's a tight fit to change it, bolt sizes are 12-17- and 19mm

I couldn't figure out what it was so when I experienced that noise I had a friend push on the tensioner with a extension bar and it quieted the sound some so I knew that was the problem, be careful of not getting the bar caught in the belt while you do this, if you do

They say 9th generation corollas are notorious for bad tensioners
 

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...Same one that Toyota sells for $170+ Autozone carries for $50 it's a tight fit to change it, bolt sizes are 12-17- and 19mm
Thanks for the tip - our Toyota dealer told me on my last service visit that my tensioner was making noise and quoted me over $300 parts and labor.... yikes !!!:eek: Since our '05 S is out of warranty now, I shall be doing more diy stuff, for sure....starting with the tensioner, most likely.
 

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Thanks for the tip - our Toyota dealer told me on my last service visit that my tensioner was making noise and quoted me over $300 parts and labor.... yikes !!!:eek: Since our '05 S is out of warranty now, I shall be doing more diy stuff, for sure....starting with the tensioner, most likely.
I have some detailed blow ups of the tensioner and a couple tips(tools etc.) whenever your ready to do the job it plus a blowup of the serpentine belt pattern...It's really a tight fit to get in there for removing/installing the 17mm bolt...PM me if your interested...Good Luck
 

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I read that old poll about "does your car make this noise" and thought sure they were talking about my noise... the sound file does have this nasally vibrating noise that sounds like a vibrator stuck to the side of a large metal trash can, occurring everytime the motor passes through the rpm range of around 1000 to 1400 or so. Its more pronounced when engine cold, but its there all the time.

anyone know what this is and how to remedy? I had a old guy service writer ride with me and he says "yep, they all do it", but man is this irritating. it would be impossible to sell the car because people would assume something [like AC compressor] is breaking down :ugh3:.

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Hi:

I took an interest in your post because my '05 Corolla CE makes a similar noise, but at around 2200rpm. Seems to happen when I accelerate or if I leave it in park/neutral and rev. I was just wondering if the belt tensioner suggestions helped. I haven't had time to get mine into the shop yet to get a diagnosis, and I posted the problem here a while back - got a couple replies but no solutions.

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hey Raddman, can you also send those blow ups those me as well, i tried to PM you but it said you are not allowed to receive pm's?
 

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Is there any real difference (other than price) between a genuine Toyota tensioner versus a DuraLast or similar aftermarket part? Toyota dealer wants $185-ish for the OE part when I can buy one at AutoZone for ~$75-100.
 

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I order my Toyota Tensioner from Toyota Of Hollywood, in Florida. It was 128.42, and I think about $10 bucks to ship it. Toyota does have a TSB around this tensioer and the new part, which is a update part, does not have this issue. Obviously there was a problem with the original. So does the aftermarket part built from the original engineering of from the new?? I never went wrong with OEM toyota parts.
 
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