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Proper Belt Tensioning Endtf673


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I'd place a guess around 3/4" slack in the middle of belt? Something like that.

I replaced mine and snugged it up, just like on a car. Not too tight, not too loose. Don't want to wipe out water pump bearings. I don't think motor can rev quick enough to actually slip the belt? I've never had any issues.



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usually it's when you can 'turn' the belt 1/4 of a turn

A good rule of thumb, is to place your thumb in the center of the belt about halway between the pulleys and push in, the belt should move 1/2" to 3/4",that's proper tension.Tombstone.

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