<VV> Voltmeters Needed Re: fan belts

frankcb at aol.com frankcb at aol.com
Mon Jan 4 10:42:38 EST 2016

 Marc, that's why I recommend installing a?VOLTMETER that constantly?measures the actual charging voltage of the electrical system.? A long time ago I was driving at night on a major highway with my wife and little boy when I noticed that the voltmeter?I had installed on my 58 Plymouth was?barely showing 12 volts instead of the normal 13 to 14 volts.? I left the highway and pulled into a?safe spot and found that the fan belt was loose and slipping which was causing the problem.? All I had to do was?readjust the idler pulley thereby tightening the?fan belt and?bringing the charging voltage back to normal.? Without that voltmeter to give me the warning, who knows if we would have made it home without a much more serious problem.
Frank Burkhard
Boonton, NJ???

-----Original Message-----
From: Marc Marcoulides via VirtualVairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
To: virtualvairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Sun, Jan 3, 2016 6:34 pm
Subject: Re: <VV> fan belts
The toothed belt also known as a Serated belt has been refered to by Larry  
Claypool as one you should not use (I don't kno why) 
I replace my belt every 2 years and use the Clarks belt just because I don't  
want my Corvair to break one. As a matter of fact I remember the last belt I  
broke, after midnight, more than 100 miles from home, at least 30 miles from the  
nearest city and it was raining. The only good thing that evening, when the belt  
broke it hit the engine cover with an audible thump. I don't always see the  
"alt" light go on right away. 


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