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Old 10-31-2021, 07:58 PM   #1
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Spare belts

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I've been reading various threads on spares, breakdowns and people getting frustrated over spares etc. One of the main issues appears to be v-belts to power the a/c, alternates, water pump etc. So why not carry some link belt? Yes it is a tad expensive but is adjustable to whatever length you need. It lasts longer and if I remember correctly there are other benefits such as using less energy and will actually carry more horsepower.

Is there anyone using this? Or tried it? Or carry some as a spare?
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Never heard of a Link Belt
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After a couple of years, I replaced the serpentine belt on my truck and put the removed belt that was still in good shape, sealed in a bag in the toolbox as a spare.

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after i bought my motorhome i had to do some engine work and while i was in there i replaced the serp belt and it's in the basement .
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New belts here. Alt W pump crnk belt still OK . Its a spare
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I think this is what the OP was referring to: https://www.harborfreight.com/vibrat...702114e43cb937


Gates says they are for emergency use and Harbor Freight says they are stronger and less vibration prone than the original belt. Believe whomever you want. I think most modern coaches have serpentine belts although I think some may have a v-belt or two. Personally I'd just replace my 5-6 year old belt and keep the old one for a spare. For my engine I've been advised to carry a spare tensioner too by a couple of good mechanics, it's a Cummins ISB 6.7.
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There aren't a lot of v belts on most engines today, for $35 you could have spare v belts.
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After researching, I found the belt mentioned. I believe they are better suited for low speed application, or as an emergency use situation. I will stick to the serpentine belt.
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Just spend the money and get spare belts and store them below. In addition to the stock serpentine belt, I carry a shorter belt that allows me to bypass the AC compressor. Learned that trick while broken down with a bad AC compressor in Casper, WY.

Other key is to carry a diagram of the belt routing (once it comes off you're scratching your head under there) and the tools to change it!
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Just spend the money and get spare belts and store them below. In addition to the stock serpentine belt, I carry a shorter belt that allows me to bypass the AC compressor. Learned that trick while broken down with a bad AC compressor in Casper, WY.

Other key is to carry a diagram of the belt routing (once it comes off you're scratching your head under there) and the tools to change it!
Should one lose the diagram, or not have one, note that there are grooved and ungrooved pulleys. The grooved side of the belt faces the grooved pulleys and the ungrooved side faces the ungrooved pulleys. Were it otherwise, the belt would shred in short order!
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I think this is what the OP was referring to: https://www.harborfreight.com/vibrat...702114e43cb937


Gates says they are for emergency use and Harbor Freight says they are stronger and less vibration prone than the original belt. Believe whomever you want. I think most modern coaches have serpentine belts although I think some may have a v-belt or two. Personally I'd just replace my 5-6 year old belt and keep the old one for a spare. For my engine I've been advised to carry a spare tensioner too by a couple of good mechanics, it's a Cummins ISB 6.7.
That is the type of belt I was referring to. As a by pass if the a/c compressor quits. Certainly will get you home. No they are not a serpentine belt and should not be used as such.
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Should one lose the diagram, or not have one, note that there are grooved and ungrooved pulleys. The grooved side of the belt faces the grooved pulleys and the ungrooved side faces the ungrooved pulleys. Were it otherwise, the belt would shred in short order!
Take a picture. Most things are higher on the engine, that's all you need. The crank pulley is self explanatory.
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