How to make belt tension adjustment?

25

Asked by Sep 26, 2007 at 12:41 AM about the 1969 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I think my overheating problem on my beetle is caused from the belt slipping the pulleys. After a 25 minute drive home from work my generator light comes on at a red stop light, then stalls and I cant start my car till it completly cools down after a half hour. I think I have adjusted the belt tension to max and the belt still feels loose. When i turn the timing pulley manually, you can see the belt slip every one revolution. Does this have to do with my fancy aftermarket chrome pulleys or could it be a bent generator pulley? If not where should I add more spcaer shims to make the belt get more tension? Thanks for your help, Sam

2 Answers

2,625

If it's a bent pulley, it would tighten and loosen as you turned it by hand. How old is the belt? It may be stretched too much or glazed. Where do you add shims? If it's between pulley halves, that would loosen the belt, not tightsn it.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
25

Today I went to a bug shop they reccomend I buy 3 shims to put in between the pulley halves and seven before the washer and bolt. Also i picked up a new belt had it measured. The old belt was slightly larger than the old one I had installed previosly. I`ll let you know how it goes once I get it running tomorrow.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,470
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,380
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,120
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
640 Great Deals out of 36,930 listings starting at $2,800
Used Toyota Corolla
1,165 Great Deals out of 65,458 listings starting at $1,399
Used Fiat 500
136 Great Deals out of 6,828 listings starting at $3,695

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
1,328 listings starting at $15,415
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 1,059 listings starting at $12,496
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 819 listings starting at $9,977
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 529 listings starting at $8,990
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
55 Great Deals out of 1,151 listings starting at $6,995