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Posted: 12/08/18 08:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even if the correct size existed down here, I would have to settle for "Jolly Dragon" or some such from Happy Commune People's Factory No 39

Car has a nasty habit of immediately throwing the drive belt when it goes through a puddle of water. Replaced all three idler & tensioner pulleys with OEM and there is no wobble in the fixed pulleys. The belt to be replaced is a Dayco. Part number ribs and length verified to be correct. It was noiseless. Thank goodness the water pump is driven by the inner timing belt. And yes the tensioner pulley strength was verified correct by a shop.

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My Silverado is 10 years old and the belt still looks functions like new..

Have second new one just in case,but if it aint broke why change it

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Changed my OEM at 100k and about to change again at 200k. At this rate it is really hard to test very many brands. Need the experience of a fleet manager. IMO any recognized name brand is fine.


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free radical wrote:

My Silverado is 10 years old and the belt still looks functions like new..

Have second new one just in case,but if it aint broke why change it
I tend to agree with that in theory, but my experience is that it will break at the most inopportune time, probably a mountain road with no shoulder and a line of traffic behind me. [emoticon]

I've used Gates brand belts for years and been happy with them.


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I usually buy Gates. They seemed to be a top brand years ago but who knows what the content is now. How much water are we talking about, I mean I did hydroplane a 1959 VW and ended up on a lawn next to a huge oak tree so I just thought I'd ask. I go through water pretty slow.

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Gates, Dayco and Continental probably make the top belts for non specialized applications. Just be careful as they all make a range so there are low and high quality belts in their lineups. I switched to Continental's Elite due to the staggered cog configuration and alignment stable backing. I do change the belt more frequently than required, but even with it's premium $30 price, it is still pretty cheap maintenance.


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Gates Green Stripe Fleet Runner is all I use.


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Is your car running the 3.0L or 3.3L V6?
I used to see them regularly with thrown belts after going thru minimal road puddles.


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It's a 3.0 and yes it is a familiar PITA. Would not this have been easy to design against? Like add a 1/16th inch height to the outboard ridges of the pulleys? This is exactly the kind of stupidity I growled and snapped about a few posts ago. MoPar made an ice and snow shield to help with this problem but no one else made them and this model is a red-headed orphan with MoPar.

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