<VV> Serpentine Belt?

Bill Hubbell whubbell at cox.net
Tue Oct 18 17:08:04 EDT 2005

Oh boy, don't talk to ME about serpentine belts!  I went to pick up my wife 
at the airport last week in my '96 Dodge Caravan.  The idler pulley was 
squealing loudly (Dodges all do that as they get older) and annoying me, so 
I decided to spray a little WD-40 on it to quiet it down.  Well, of course, 
I overdid it and the belt slipped off!  I tried like hell to get the belt 
back on without any tools. but no luck.  I had to call a tow truck to come 
down to the airport (I was stuck in the short term parking garage at 
$1/hr!).  It took two hours before the tow truck arrived (my wife was NOT 
amused!) - lucky for me he had tools and we were able to get the belt back 

If it had been a Corvair, I could have driven it (slowly) home without the 
belt.  Not possible with a water pumper -- the belt runs the water pump and 
the on-board computer would have the engine down as soon as it got too 
hot -- with my luck, probably on the highway (I know the exact place!!!!)

Serpentine belt vs. Corvair belt?  Give me the Corvair belt any day!!!!!

Bill Hubbell (whose cars don't like him very much these days!)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Verthein" <minoxphotographer at yahoo.com>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 2:26 PM
Subject: <VV> Serpentine Belt?

As I was complaining loudly about all the issues my wife's Windstar is
having with it's serpintine belt...it dawned on me...can we consider
the Corvair the first US car with a serpintine belt?  It snakes around
and drives everything.  Except the one on our Corvair is about 38 times
more reliable than the system in the Windstar.  And cheaper and easier
to replace when necessary.

Tim in Bovey

You *can* repair a flip-flop with a capacitor!

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