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Old 12-03-2009
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By the way, one of the techs looked at the engine belt and showed me a small tool available at NAPA for checking the belt tension. He showed me mine was at 100 and should be at 250. Tomorrow off to NAPA. Never knew how to test that. So here's the info for the rest of us that don't know.
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Old 12-05-2009
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After the last post about the belt tension gauge, I tried three chains of auto parts stores and heard the same answer. They haven't carried them since the advent of the self tensioning belts. That laeds to the question, how can we tell what tension the belt should be, and what is the correct number?

Along the same lines, does anyone know a relatively painless way to check the belt on the Power-Tech generator? It is all covered up. I'll bet someone has figured out how to do it in less than a day.
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By the way, one of the techs looked at the engine belt and showed me a small tool available at NAPA for checking the belt tension. He showed me mine was at 100 and should be at 250. Tomorrow off to NAPA. Never knew how to test that. So here's the info for the rest of us that don't know.
NAPA calls it a KirKitII, Gates part # 91132, some of us use it on the FC's . we have 8 or 9 belts. It takes a little practice. There are two available with differing pressure ranges.

http://info.rockauto.com/Gates/Detail.html?NBHKR21.jpg
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Thanks. That's the little device. I'll hit NAPA again. It wasn't in their catalog, so maybe e-bay is the last resort.
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Ron,


Why don't you put an AUTOMATIC BELT TENSIONER DETROIT DIESEL 23526034 23533015 forget these numbers they aren't for your coach. just call a DD service center and give them your engine #'s and ask for the appropriate part.


I have on on my coach, I don't know why BB didn't use them more offten on 90's vintage coaches.


Belt change is a one minute operation with a 1/2" drive socket wrench.

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Old 12-06-2009
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Thanks, Kurt. Parliament suggested it but said two cover plates on the end of the engine would be changed, and the return line from the alternator, and the oil fill point, at which point I thought the simple tension gauge just fine. Would you please shoot a picture of how yours is mounted on your engine. It looks like the best solution if it isn't a huge deal to change. Thanks, Kurt.
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NAPA calls it a KirKitII, Gates part # 91132, some of us use it on the FC's . we have 8 or 9 belts. It takes a little practice. There are two available with differing pressure ranges.

http://info.rockauto.com/Gates/Detail.html?NBHKR21.jpg
Ron, The Napa store clerks need to try harder, They have this tool,
They just do not know it.

More info, NAPA V-Belt Tension Guage. # KR1, this is for 30 to 150lbs,
# on Box 7401-0101, Bar code 0 29769 35215 1
There is another with higher readings. do not have that number
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Why don't you put an AUTOMATIC BELT TENSIONER DETROIT DIESEL 23526034 23533015 forget these numbers they aren't for your coach. just call a DD service center and give them your engine #'s and ask for the appropriate part.


I have on on my coach, I don't know why BB didn't use them more offten on 90's vintage coaches.


Belt change is a one minute operation with a 1/2" drive socket wrench.


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Rob,

Curious did you price it out?

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I wish I was there now I need the Aquahot worked on.
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