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    Shredded Gatorback

    Less than a half mile from the house yesterday and heard a nasty noise from under the hood. I was pretty sure it was the belt, so I limped the short distance to home, opened the hood, and found that a portion of the belt had separated and had become wrapped around the alternator pulley and was lodged under the remaining part of the belt!

    Heavymetals said to always carry an extra with you, and he was right (as usual). Put on my spare and went and bought another one. Funny thing is, I had been doing NO spirited driving ... it just happened out of the blue with no prior warning. Just glad I had one in the trunk and that I wasn't in BFE somewhere.





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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Wow Rand, Did it mess up the alternator at all? Do you carry a wrench/socket to get that belt tensioner down? Damn maggie, must be that time of the month....jk not sure she even had anything to do with it. My hood liner still has multiple belt scars from my maggie days

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    As far as I can tell, the alternator is fine ... I went for a drive after I put on my spare, maybe 15 miles. I carry an open-end wrench, but should rethink that ... a socket/ratchet setup is much easier.

    That time of the month? Yeah, I might have to whip 'er a bit today going to the Dream Cruise.
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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Figures...the day before the Dream Cruise! Glad everything is ok.

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Oh some belt dressing should fix that LOL jk

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    wow you should call the belt company they will replace it for free

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Thanks for the reference.

    I carry a long SEARS box end to give enough leverage on the tensioner for replacement.

    An extra belt and a wrench are a "must have" IMHO.

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    My harmonic balancer bolt had come loose and the balancer was slowly working its way out. You might want to check yours too. This causes side loading on all the bearings and the belt. I had to replace my tensioner and get a new belt and bolt.

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Quote Originally Posted by branland View Post
    My harmonic balancer bolt had come loose and the balancer was slowly working its way out. You might want to check yours too. This causes side loading on all the bearings and the belt. I had to replace my tensioner and get a new belt and bolt.
    Mine better not be coming out! I pinned it as part of the maggie install!
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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Man, even with a gatorback? Why do these belts not wanna stay on?

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    I threw a belt off my power stroke yesterday(had a spare).Ever since I went to the gator on my v I have not had a problem.

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    just an fyi I have had nothing but problems with shredding / belt slip with the gatorback belts on blower cars. the good old napa belts hold up the best for us.

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Randy, the belt probably got weak from when it was riding up on the pulley. Don't know why some people have their belt riding up. I don't even have the bracket on, and have no problems.

    BTW I have a 15mm socket on my breaker bar
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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Randy you whooped that's gator's ass!! Good job

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    Re: Shredded Gatorback

    Is there a certain model number or size gatorback I'll need to pick up at the parts store for the maggie?

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