V-belts are used as mechanical links between two or more rotating pulleys. The length of the V-belt is dependent on the size of the pulleys and the distance between them, and can be calculated with a simple formula. More »

There are different methods of measuring V-belts that depend on the type of tool being used. To measure a V-belt, the belt first needs to be marked with a start/finish measurement point. A flexible cloth-like tape measur... More »

The main indicators of a bad timing belt include a high-pitched noise coming from the engine, difficulties when starting the car, poor performance on the road and an excessive amount of exhaust. A vehicle owner must neve... More »

A loose or slipping engine belt or a misaligned accessory drive pulley could cause a car to squeal upon acceleration. Engine belts and drive pulleys are used to power the water pump, air-conditioning compressor and the a... More »

Common power steering problems include low power steering fluid, leaks of the power steering fluid, mechanical failure, belt slips and failing power. Most power steering issues are easy to fix. More »

Most water pump kits for modern vehicles include a water pump, the necessary gaskets and a timing belt. More advanced kits with additional parts, such as pulleys and belt tensioners, are also available. More »

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A loose alternator belt will affect the alternator's performance and will lead to automotive electrical failures, such as dead or weak batteries, dimmed headlights and engine stalling. Common signs of loose alternator be... More »