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Old     (superair502)      Join Date: Mar 2010       05-20-2010, 6:04 PM Reply   
So my alternator belt broke off on my gt40 about a week ago and o replaced it. It was fine for a few days and we smelt a burning In the boat. It snapped again. What could be causeing this? The pulleysnseem to be aligned and the tension seemed pretty good
Old     (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       05-20-2010, 7:01 PM Reply   
Classic problem with the GT-40. Some people get modified brackets to help get the tension correct. I replaced my alternator and it stopped eating belts. Sometimes the bearings can get out of whack apparently.
Old     (maxx_wake)      Join Date: Sep 2003       05-20-2010, 7:09 PM Reply   
I had the same problem when I got my boat a couple of years ago. I would tighten the belt to what I thought was normal and it would start slipping, heat the belt up then break it. Finally I tightened it as tight as I could get it and it has been fine ever since.
Old     (superair502)      Join Date: Mar 2010       05-20-2010, 8:54 PM Reply   
It spins pretty freely by hand as well so the alternator should b fine right? Maybe more tensio
Old     (imx)      Join Date: Jul 2009       05-21-2010, 12:22 AM Reply   
I would say slipping. We use commercial mowers that are belt driven with belts about 10mm thick. If you get a jam under the deck and smoke the belt, it won't last long at all before it breaks.


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