What do you mean by "broke a socket"?A while back, I broke the top socket off the serpentine tensioner too. We are looking to replace the alternator and at the same time replace the tensioner, but the price is like $182. Is this important to replace the tensioner because of the broken top bolt? Also, this is the original serpentine tensioner with about 202K miles. How long does the serpentine belt last? Thanks,
By socket, what are you referring to?
1. Breaking the Dummy Nut that is used to move the Tensioner Pulley back and forth to install or remove the Serpentine Belt? (What happened to me.)
2. Breaking one of the Bolts that are used to install the Tensioner & Pulley Assembly onto the Engine Block?