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I have a 2012 gator 825i..Pulled the cover off the drive belt everything is Very clean but do notice there is cracks between the ribs...Does anyone know when to change this Belt before it leaves you high and dry..Checked online its only a 50 dollar belt or so......Also can you Roll this belt on Like you do on a Chevy pick up with the new style AC compressor
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If you see cracking I would replace the belt. It"s a key part that"s under a lot of stress and if it goes you"re walking.Belts can usually be walked over the lip of the driven clutch. With some pulling and cursing it can be done pretty quickly. The time consuming part of the job is removing the covers to gain access to the clutch area.
I am new to Gator ownership. It appears that these belts can wear by becoming narrower. In this case, what are the symptoms of a thinner, warn belt? Does the gator not move as quickly?I have owned my Gator for only a couple weeks and checking the belt is on my to-do list.Paul.
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Most of the time the belt only makes contact on it"s edges so they usually don"t get thinner. They either gradually get narrower, crack or rip to shreds.Visual inspection and measuring the width of the belt are the best ways to tell if it needs replacing. Wear or narrowing occurs very slowly over time so it"s doubtful you would notice a difference in performance.
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Well that was stupid Easy. Took me a half hour,,,Am saving the old belt in a clean and Dry spot, my Gator parts and Tool box/ etc.... This way I have a Good spare when I am out in the Dingweeds!!
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Dane, is there a zero tolerance for cracks?The rule of thumb for serpentine belts on cars has an allowance for number of cracks per inch to determine risk.
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Most of the time the belt only makes contact on it"s edges so they usually don"t get thinner. They either gradually get narrower, crack or rip to shreds.Visual inspection and measuring the width of the belt are the best ways to tell if it needs replacing. Wear or narrowing occurs very slowly over time so it"s doubtful you would notice a difference in performance.
Thanks Dane,Looks like I have a good belt, no cracks and it measures 30mm wide. I found in the service manual that 27mm is the cut-off for wear.Paul.

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Generally you can get away with a cracked Serp or Timing belt for along time,I have done timing belts on cars with 200k miles on the O.E. T- belt, I would never take that chance..I worked on a Kia..The timing belt was suppose to be serviced at 60k, the car had 61k, broke the t-belt broke quite a few valves off impale them into the Piston..Car had to have a Motor.......Beside the drive belt was about a 1/4" narrower and small cracks..Better to be Safe than Sorry..Thanx Dane for Good advice
Fred, Dude, long time since we chatted. You posted a question on how long a belt with cracks would last and when should it be changed and then later on replied a belt with cracks could last a long time. You kind of anwered your own question but apparently think being broke down in the woods is worse than being broke down on the freeway. Both can be bad, and by "rolling" any new belt onto pullys or sheaves can take a chunk of skin or worse off of you. Take the time to loosen the pully and tighten it properly, check it after some run time to adjust it again if needed. Safe not sorry
Hey there Gatorvirgin..There are No adjustments on this belt,,,,This is a flat bottomed belt, if you roll it off the Driven clutch till the belt stops in a Bind, It simply slides right off..The same way back on, and No Fingers Lost..Nice Chatting again Buddy...Making my way Down to Tuscon someday soon maybe if close enough we can Ride..
I stand corrected, I don"t own an 825i and just assumed to install a new belt some adjustments to loosen and re-tighten the belt would be necessary. I appreciate the lack of sarcassm in your responses, although it would have been deserved I"ve been working at the same company for just over 31 years and I"m proud they make safety a very high priority, its obviously become part of my life
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