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Drivebelt keeps tearing off outside rib. I don't see any damage to any of the pulleys that I can see. Any idea's on what I could due?

All pulleys seem to turn ok, although I'm not sure if the tensioner is suppose to spin as much as it does.

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Hi Kirk,

For the outside rib, look at alignment. Not always easy to find, but small amounts make noise and wear, sometimes.
Obviously, look for something along the path that the belt could be touching....
Sometimes a belt gets put on incorrectly, and it is not obvious until you take the belt off and look at the pulley.

The tensioner has zero option as to how much it spins. Tensioners and their bearings need close inspection.

Posted on Apr 08, 2015

Testimonial: "Is there a tool to check the alignment or is it just eye balling your best guess? I didn't notice anything touching the belt other then what was suppose to. As far as the tensioner I guess it shouldn't spin like a skateboard wheel then."

  • Kirk Williams
    Kirk Williams Apr 08, 2015

    Sorry didn't mean to post that in testimonial.

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