You might not be able to see it, but an accessory drive belt is always both speeding up and slowing down.
Here are the some key installation and service tips to make your next timing belt job just a little easier.
It doesn’t matter if it is a v-belt, serpentine belt or stretch belt, all belts need friction to operate.
A worn automatic belt tensioner has consequences beyond a loose belt.
Misalignment and bearing wear can cause the belt to track off-center.
Belts continue to be one of the most frequently replaced wear items on vehicles today. The typical replacement interval for serpentine belts and flat belts today is around 90,000 miles – which for many vehicles means only once every seven to nine years!
Andrew Markel talks stretch belts, and how they manage to keep working without a tensioner. Sponsored by Dayco.
Andrew Markel discusses serpentine belt replacement, and a few tips to make the next belt replacement job easier. Sponsored by Dayco.
If you have looked at some maintenance schedules on late-model cars and trucks, you may notice that there have been some changes to the interval schedule for drive belts. Some manufacturers like GM are shifting to an inspection of the drive belt, instead of specifying a set replacement interval. While some manufacturers like Chrysler are recommending a 120,000-mile replacement interval in the owner’s manual.
If you see a belt on a late-model Subaru that does not have an automatic tensioner and runs between only two or three components, it’s probably a stretch belt. These types of belts typically are used to turn the A/C compressor on the 2.5L four-cylinder engine in 2008 and later models.
The upgrade kit features a superior aluminum pulley in place of the OE plastic design, according to CRP.