Washing machine belt tension

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Chris, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Just managed to source a replacement belt for my Hoover washing machine,
    and was wondering how tight it needs to be fitted?

    When fitted, how far should I be able to move the belt in and out at a
    point half way between the pulleys, or is it just a case of tight as
    possible?

    Cheers

    Chris

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    Chris, Jun 29, 2005
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  2. In article <42c26236$0$30814$>,
    Chris <-online.co.uk> writes:
    > Just managed to source a replacement belt for my Hoover washing machine,
    > and was wondering how tight it needs to be fitted?
    >
    > When fitted, how far should I be able to move the belt in and out at a
    > point half way between the pulleys,


    Rule of thumb for alternator belts it about half an inch.
    If you get any slip, tighten it up a bit more.

    > or is it just a case of tight as possible?


    No -- that will more rapidly wear the motor bearings.

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    Andrew Gabriel
    Andrew Gabriel, Jun 29, 2005
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  3. Chris

    fred Guest

    In article <42c300c6$0$41913$>,
    Chris <-online.co.uk> writes
    >Andrew Gabriel wrote:
    >>
    >>>Just managed to source a replacement belt for my Hoover washing machine,
    >>>and was wondering how tight it needs to be fitted?
    >>>
    >>>When fitted, how far should I be able to move the belt in and out at a
    >>>point half way between the pulleys,

    >>
    >>
    >> Rule of thumb for alternator belts it about half an inch.
    >> If you get any slip, tighten it up a bit more.
    >>
    >>
    >>>or is it just a case of tight as possible?

    >>
    >>
    >> No -- that will more rapidly wear the motor bearings.
    >>

    >Thanks Andrew - I didn't think 'tight as possible' was a good idea, but
    >wasn't sure what to aim for.


    I've never been any good at guessing the tension of V-belts - is that 10mm
    or is that 15? The tip I got was that you can judge the tension by the
    amount you can rotate the belt, IIRC if you can rotate it by about
    90degrees then it was about right. Only works for V-belts tho.
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    fred
    fred, Jun 29, 2005
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