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how do you know a belt is too tight by touching it?

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how do you know a belt is too tight by touching it?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  hauto replied 5 years ago.

Thanks for using JA

Using your thumb a your pointer finger hold the edge of the belt and turn it up should slightly flex up, then using just the pointer finger push down in the middle of the belt it should also slightly move. too much movement is no good no movement is also no good.

in the case of loose and over tight belt belt squealing may occur, also over tight belt will leave lots of black residue due to faster wear.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
what do you mean by hold the edge of bealt turn it up, do you mean twist?
Expert:  hauto replied 5 years ago.

thanks for the reply.

twist would be right.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
so you saying i should twist it alittle then while it is twisting, it should still move it i push it while it is twisted?
Expert:  hauto replied 5 years ago.

no two separate actions. twist up let go then push down in the center.

you should feel a bit of flex and resistance. if the belt doesn't twist or flex down a bit then it's too tight.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
as far as flex down, how much should it go down?
Expert:  hauto replied 5 years ago.
place the top edge of a quarter against the belt when you push down the belt should not go pass Washington's chin, and should be around the forehead.
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