: V-belt adjustment 472 1974 One is more loose than the other

07-09-10, 06:19 PM
I have read that the belts need to be tightened until there is 5/8in of play in between the pulleys on the center of the belt. Is this correct for our cars? Also the power steering/compressor and crank uses the 2 belts to do the same job. The outer belt (closest to the grill) is a fair amount looser than the inner belt (closer to the engine) no matter how I adjust it. How do I solve this problem? Is there an adjustment that I am missing?

07-09-10, 08:04 PM
Only way is with two new belts, unless one new one will match one of the old ones for length and tension.
Chance are, it will be fine the way it is, and the tighter belt may stretch a bit later on.

07-10-10, 08:14 AM
these are brand new belts. Even the old ones I just changed had the same issue

07-10-10, 11:03 AM
Belts should be bought as a matched set...

07-10-10, 01:28 PM
they are identical belts purchased at the same time from the same place.
The old belts had the same issue where the outer one was looser than the inner one.