When you install the P/S and A/C belts during an A/C
kit installation (or at any time, for that matter), it’s
critical that you adjust the belts to the proper tension. If a
belt is overtensioned, it puts too much load on the
components. If a belt is undertensioned, it may slip and
create other symptoms (for example, intermittent power
steering or a chirping noise when the A/C compressor
Since every dealership should have at least one belt
tension gauge, T/N 07JGG-001010A, and all late-model
S/Ms have belt tension specifications, there’s really no
excuse for improperly tensioned belts. But remember:
you should always end up using the “used belt”
A belt is considered used after it’s been run for five
minutes. This means that original-equipment belts are
“used” by the time the car leaves the factory.
And when you do install a new belt, adjust it to the “new
belt” specification, run the engine for at least five
minutes, then readjust the belt to the “used belt”
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He's had a long weekend.... he was sick on his birthday (sunday) & Monday...but still had things to do. Tonight he's at class 3 of 4 of the SMOG update class. He didn't want to go....but after paying the 265, he's not missing it!!