THE informed technician needs to consider belt performance issues every time an accessory belt drive system component is replaced.
As belts made from modern technology age, they gradually lose rubber material - similar to the way tyres wear out.
As little as five percent rib material loss and surface wear can affect how the belt performs, and just 10% belt slippage can affect the overall drivability of a vehicle.
Slip could reduce alternator output effecting system performance particularly on very cold days when system charging and other factors may compromise performance.
By only changing one of the system components, system vibration increases dramatically.
This vibration can be felt or heard, resulting in customer complaints.
Performance of the new component can also be compromised resulting in additional cost to re-diagnose and repair the problem.
Today, the components within the system are very closely integrated, and each relies on the belt to keep the entire system at optimum performance.
Technicians need to remember to check every component in the system to ensure the integrity of the system is not compromised by one or more failing or worn components.
It is wise to replace the belt when replacing any system component to maintain performance.
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