Belt Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Tips For Understanding Belt Friction And Tension

Serpentine belts and automatic tensioners more than tripled belt life.

VIDEO: Mileage, Age And Conditions Matter For Belt Replacement

Always first diagnose why the belt needs to be replaced. This video is sponsored by Continental.

VIDEO: Power Steering Pump Replacement And Belt Drive Service

It’s critical the pulley is in alignment and the belt is not contaminated. This video is sponsored by Litens.

Advanced Belt Noise Diagnostics

How can you identify these types of alternator pulleys? Find out in this article.

VIDEO: Belt Plane Alignment

In this Maintenance Minute, Andrew Markel discusses how even 2mm can mean everything when it comes to belts.

VIDEO: Belt Inspection For Tensioner And Pulley Health

Andrew Markel discusses belts made from modern materials, and how signs of wear and slippage may not be as apparent with a visual inspection.

VIDEO: Belt, Pulley And Tensioner Inspection

Andrew Markel discusses belt noise and flutter, and how to inspect the belt, pulleys and tensioners for these issues.

VIDEO: Aligning The Belt After A Water Pump Replacement

Andrew Markel stresses the importance of a properly aligned belt and high quality gasket after a water pump job to prevent premature rapid wear during operation.

Accessory Belts, Tensioners And Misfires: A Balancing Act

On an engineering level, the design of the accessory belt drive is a balancing act of efficiency, force and vibration. The more contact or wrap a belt has with a pulley, the more force or energy can be transmitted without slipping and the less tension the belt will need. But, this is not great for efficiency because it creates more friction and drag.