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Old 11-17-2010, 03:25 PM
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Belt Dressing?

I bought a can of belt dressing just to keep my belts in good condition. Do I just spray it on all the belts? Any belts under the hood?
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Re: Belt Dressing?

First off, you really don't need to make 50,000 posts for all your various random questions. Most of them take one sentence to answer if that. I'm not trying to be harsh, but it really is unnecessary. Whenever you think of a question like this, a very simple one, just write it down. When you have 5 or 10 of em, then post.

Secondly, and this prolly will seem harsh, you just wasted your money on that can of magic snake oil. Autozone "fix-in-a-can" products are almost never worth it, and are never a substitute for actually fixing and properly maintaining your cars parts and pieces.

Look at your belts. If they are cracked, chipped, frayed, or otherwise damaged, replace them. Belt dressing is not going to help. Period. Second, check the tightness. A good rule of thumb is 1/2" deflection per one foot of belt gap. In other words, take a ruler or tape measure, pop your hood, and put the ruler on the longest run of belt you can find (space between pulleys) and push down on the belt firmly with your thumb. It should only move about a 1/2". Any more than that, they are too loose. If they move less than 1/8" inch, they are too tight, you want them right about a 1/2" of deflection, slightly less for new belts because they will stretch slightly as they are broken in. Although, if the space you are measuring is two feet long, then your allowed 1 inch of deflection. 3 feet, 1 and a half. And so on.
The other, more old school method is grabbing the belt and twisting it. A serpentine belt should only twist about a quarter turn if properly adjusted. Thats a rough measurement.


There are other methods you can use to diagnose belt squal, chirping, etc. But I forget.
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