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Old April 8th, 2012, 19:52   #1
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Default URO TB tensioner?

Anyone had any experience with URO TB tensioners good or bad?
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Old April 8th, 2012, 20:18   #2
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isn't URO made in china?
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Old December 10th, 2012, 14:55   #3
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a lot of stuff is made in china...I got one but havn't installed yet...looks to be built ok but I'll be taking a closer look at it before I actually do use it.
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Old December 10th, 2012, 16:08   #4
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I recently replaced my TB crank sprocket. I ordered what I thought was an OEM part, but it arrived in a plain white box marked "Made in China". So I placed a rush order with idparts to get a Febi German-made sprocket, and when it arrived, I saw that it was also "Made in China".

I've had a generally poor experience with Chinese Replacement Auto Parts, but there are exceptions, like the Febi part. My rule is that I try not to buy Chinese anything, but if a major European or American company is willing to put their brand on a Chinese-made part, I'll (grudgingly) accept the part.

However, Uro is not a major Western company. I think it's a Chinese company trying to break into the Western market using a name designed to make you think they are European -- kind of like "Lights of America" is a Chinese company named to make you think it's made in the USA (with an American flag on the box to boot). LoA makes cheap products of very inconsistent quality, but I have some of their stuff anyway, because it's no big deal if a bulb fails. But personally, I wouldn't use Uro (or LoA) for anything critical, like a timing belt part. Think about it -- a failure of any TB-related component will probably trash your valves and your head. Is it worth the risk to save 10-20 bucks?
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Old December 10th, 2012, 16:10   #5
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I would only use a Litens. Uro is just a name, and chances are very good it is of poor quality. The parent company is APA Industries, and was largely a British car part source prior to 2004.

They are located in Sima Valley, CA and are a well-known importer of Chinese goods.
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Old December 10th, 2012, 19:56   #6
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the URO tensioner that I have has a plastic? outter pulley part. the old one was a metal roller. it this significant or do other brands use plastic on the part the belt rides on?
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Old December 11th, 2012, 13:53   #7
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Exclamation Some tensioners have problems

You might want to look at this thread. I almost lost my engine. Be careful with tensioners. I learned my lesson. Also check under the cover more often. This is what saved my bacon this time.
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=288177
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Old December 11th, 2012, 20:32   #8
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Not worth it. Had a similar experience and send it all back and got the real deal. Yes I was down for the week but I just could not put in parts I did not feel comfortable with. And yes one of the new parts I received was also in a box .. just white and marked from China. I did not like it but I installed it. All good so far, but you have to feel comfortable with what you are installing and who you are buying your parts from. It's worth the extra $'s.
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Old June 12th, 2018, 13:21   #9
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well the URO tensioner has lasted 60K...so I guess it's time to replace the belt and tensioner...

not finding many sources or options on the tensioner anymore...

Autozone is now stocking the URO brand but AZ Autohaus dropped it and only lists the SKF...

Litens seems to have disappeared? Or am I looking in the wrong places? lol
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Old June 12th, 2018, 13:27   #10
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Not ever had any issues. The last Continental branded kit I got had a Litens tensioner included with it, exactly like always.
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Old June 12th, 2018, 13:44   #11
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Worldpac, a wholesaler.

But I am sure that most all the vendors selling parts here can get the same thing.
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Old June 12th, 2018, 17:36   #13
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The SKFs I have in the shelf have Litens tensioners in them. SKF makes the bearing portion, Litens makes the tensioner.

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Old June 13th, 2018, 11:39   #14
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interesting...so if I buy either an "SKF" branded part or a "Litens" branded part they are really the same...I ;m the bearing and tensioner are essentially a single unit/part...it's just how the particular retailer is branding/marketing the item?
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Old June 13th, 2018, 12:22   #15
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Last time I bought tensioners I bought SKF and they were Litens in the box. In fact it might have been a conversation here that led me to buy them knowing that they would be Litens.

As for the post by Odie about the metal pulley I have to say I've never seen a TDI tensioner with metal pulley...ever. If you're talking about some other part post up a pic of what you're referencing.

My Mk3, bought in 2002 with 96k miles on it had it's TB replaced at 65k miles by the VW dealer and it was Litens branded with VW part number with plastic pulley.

I would not use URO unless there was no other option available.

I have been tempted to buy a Flennor branded tensioner and timing belt just to see what the quality is like. I bought Flennor branded belt rollers last time I bought stuff and they were really nice quality. So much so that I bought four more when they were clearanced.

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