1. HOW TO INSPECT A BELT TENSIONER
November 25, 2020
Most of the later model engines use a serpentine belt to drive the accessories, including the power steering pump, air compressor, and alternator. Unlike V-belts, which are tensioned by moving the brackets, a serpentine belt uses a spring-loaded tensioner to ensure the belt stays tight. Once the belt stretches past its useful life, it is too long for the tensioner to work. In this case, you need to replace the belt.
However, the tensioner is not immune to wear and tear. It is considered a maintenance item that needs to be replaced when it wears out. When you change the belt, you should al... (read more)
Author: Paul Norman Jasper