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I purchased a 94 JGC built in North America for the overseas market from Japan. 110,000K - Belt tension pulley broke and I had to replace it with a new one. Since we were in the middle of nowhere, the shop had a belt that was 1/2 inch smaller, so we had no choice. Mechanic said it was OK and got us back on the road. A friend says he thinks the belt is too tight and might be putting extra strain on water pump, AC unit etc. Should I replace it?? Any thoughts on this?? Thanks PL

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If you can move the adjuster and create slack in the belt, you'd be ok. the vehicle should have a self adjuster and as long as it can move your good

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Well to tell if the belt is to tight find the longest spot in the belt that isnt touching any pulley and in the pulley see if u can move the belt around a half inch or so, if u cant move the belt any then yes it is too tight if it moves too far then the belt is loose, good luck

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