WHAT AM I REALLY LOOKING FOR WHEN INSPECTING ...

1996 Toyota Avalon

Tiny

PCMentor29

December, 10, 2012 AT 8:28 AM

What am I really looking for when inspecting alternator and PS belts on car? Autozone video says new belts have V shaped grooves and completely used belts the grooves look U shaped. How can I use this knowledge to inspect my belts on car? Maybe I should get a new belt and compare them side by side using a flashlight? I guess I just answered this question. Thanks

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Tiny

PCMentor29

December, 10, 2012 AT 9:15 AM

From reading the manual, you don't need to change the belt till it's missing pieces of ribs or fraying.

Tiny

Docfixit

December, 10, 2012 AT 8:06 PM

Milage is best indicator for change besides cracks and such the belt ply wealens and stretches and brakes. 45K is as far as I go cheep insurance to prevent stuck on road and possible engine damage

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