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Old 03-21-2009, 08:00 PM
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Belt Replacement - Tension Gauge Vs Eyeballing

I'm getting ready to change the belts on my G and I'm a little disappointed AutoZone doesn't have a belt tension gauge on its Loan-A-Tool program. In the past I never cared about being precise on my previous vehicles, but I would like to be as accurate as possible this time.

I imagine I should be pretty close if I mark the original positions of the bolts and get a feel for the tension before loosening everything up.


How have some of you guys done it, tension gauge or other method?












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I would like to hook up and change my belts as well. I got the belts but I am worried about the same thing, eyeballin or Gauge. I can't find anyone that has a gauge locally, online only.
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Yea, the only gauges I have been able to find are either in bad condition or $150. I would normally buy it since I love tools, but I've been out of job for months. Even though I could afford it, my wife would kill me. hahaha
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I've tensioned my belts at least 20-30 times w/ all the messing around I've done w/ the Vortech belt setup. Never had a gauge...always did it by feel.
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Never used a gauge, always tightened mine by "feel" on the Vortech setup.
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I had the dealer install mine during an oil change for an extra $49.99. I supplied the belts of course.
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man...belt change is EASSSSSSSSSY. Loosen one nut and turn one bolt. I'd do it for $30
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man...belt change is EASSSSSSSSSY. Loosen one nut and turn one bolt. I'd do it for $30
Well it was more of a convenience thing than anything. I had them in the car, and they said they'd do them so it was all good
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is this for FI only?
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Quick question: How often should the belts be replaced on a G35 coupe?? Mine has 30k miles on it...
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Belts...

My '06 coupe has 30k miles on it (with minimal driving), and the dealership is tellin' me I need to replace the belts. Is this a normal time to change... or, are they BS'in me to make more $$ ?!

Also: where's the best place to buy the belts myself - to avoid dealership costs??

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Check the belts to see if they're worn/cracking. If they look okay, then I wouldn't change out the belts. I just bought my belts from Autozone. Gatorback.
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Check the belts to see if they're worn/cracking. If they look okay, then I wouldn't change out the belts. I just bought my belts from Autozone. Gatorback.
Yeah... I just checked them, and they don't seem to be too worn (or cracked) - although I'm not sure how they'd look if they really WERE worn (?)
Thanks for the info on where/what kind to get!
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You might notice chunks of ribs missing, cracks in the belts ribs, etc.
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dude, I dont know if you can do it on these but put a straight edge between the pulleys, then use a ruler to measure the deflection while you put pressure on it. if the pulleys are 7-9" apart deflection should be 1/4" if 9-12" then it should deflect 1/2"

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