Easy Cars Replace Your Car Drive Belt

Changing a seat belt is something you can do at home without the need for a professional mechanic. If you have knowledge about cars and want to try it yourself, in this OneHowTo article, we will explain how to change your seat belt, easily and correctly

1. The first thing you need to do is locate the drive belt. The V- type belts are looped around two pulleys. Also there are more than two belts which overlap each other forming a V shape. The serpentine belt is easy to locate as it is a single belt which weaves through several pulleys.

2. The second step is to check the belt. If the belt has crack or is frayed or showing signs of wear and tear or it is missing some chunks then you must replace the belt. Also if the belt has coolant or oil on it then it needs to be replaced. Using this type of drive belt may cause problem as it won’t run all the accessories of the engine properly.

3. Before removing the drive belt find out the routing diagram. Usually the routing diagram is present underneath the hood of your automobile or else in the manual. Also make sure that you remember whether the flat side of the belt or the grooved side of the belt makes contact with each pulley. Setting the wrong side of the belt on the pulley will create problem in future.

4. Now you have to release the tension on the drive belt. For serpentine belts, compress the spring load tensioner and the tension will be released. For V–shape belts, you need to remove it by adjusting one of the pulleys so that tension can be released.

5. After tension is released the belt will easily slide off the other pulleys and can be removed.

6. Now check all the pulleys whether any of them are malfunctioning or needs replacement or not

7. Buy the new drive belt and compare it with the old one. It’s length and width should be the same as the old one.

8. Then using the routing diagram adjust the new belt over the pulleys exactly as it was earlier. Then tighten the belt properly (for V–type belt it can be done manually).

9. If you have a maid or a friend, then ask the person to start the car while looking at his belt. Make sure the belt goes smoothly without any scratches or screams. If there is a problem that you can not diagnose or finish then it is better to contact a professional.