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Old 29-04-2018, 06:22 PM   #351
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I donít know if I would use the word ďSkillsĒ Iíd be happy to impart any wisdom I can.

From your thread it sounds like you just need to have a go and see how you get on. Personally Iíve only ever used a DA - as itís very difficult to do any damage with one, which works for me Iíve had good results on a few VW group cars (one of which was a Bentley!)
Thank you for the offer...

oh I always have a go, my RS6 and S2 I got great results on and I painted my motorbike and then flatted it all back and then machine polished it, that I am very happy with.
It's just my bloody cars I get so frustrated with...... I blame my age hahaha
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Old 29-04-2018, 09:59 PM   #352
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Just spent the last hour working through the entire thread and WOW - what a story!

Most excellent work!
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Old 29-04-2018, 10:03 PM   #353
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I don’t think that’s the cause in this instance, as when I changed the supercharger pulley, I fitted a new Gates belt and confirmed the length of it was correct for that pulley with 1320 Mini.

I figured that the tensioner and the other idler wheel (if that’s what it’s called) must be relatively worn by now, so I should probably replace them regardless.



Edit - meant to ask, what are your thoughts on that? As I’d appreciate a second opinion before I take it to bits. I have sort of ruled out the belt itself for the above reasons. I was thinking of having the alternator refurbed as a matter of course - whilst it’s out.
The only way to get the hole to show is to fit a shorter belt than the one that is on, so that it contracts the tensioner more.
All the tensioners are identical.

What size pulley have you got and what size belt?
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The only way to get the hole to show is to fit a shorter belt than the one that is on, so that it contracts the tensioner more.
All the tensioners are identical.

What size pulley have you got and what size belt?
Itís a 11% pulley and 1375mm Gates belt. What do you reckon?
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Itís a 11% pulley and 1375mm Gates belt. What do you reckon?
Sounds the correct size, but strange you've no hole showing
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Sounds the correct size, but strange you've no hole showing
I was rather hoping youíd tell me I had the wrong belt and everything would be sorted

I could get another belt to be sure it hasnít stretched I suppose.
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I was rather hoping youíd tell me I had the wrong belt and everything would be sorted

I could get another belt to be sure it hasnít stretched I suppose.
If you swap the tensioner and the idler pulleys are all ok and you still don't have a hole showing, then just get a shorter belt.

The damper can fail on the tensioner but it doesn't usually affect the actual tension and amount of holes showing. It will be interesting to find out what you discover
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If you swap the tensioner and the idler pulleys are all ok and you still don't have a hole showing, then just get a shorter belt.

The damper can fail on the tensioner but it doesn't usually affect the actual tension and amount of holes showing. It will be interesting to find out what you discover
Ok, thanks for your advice. Iíll investigate it and let you know the findings!
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Should have said, the easiest way to change it is OSF wheel off and remove arch liner, oh look, your favourite clips

Easiest way with them clips is press a screwdriver against the outside part to stop it spinning and then unscrew the middle, then pull them out, they really are easy
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