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Unread 05-28-2017, 07:41 PM #1
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What's up guys and gals just picked up a nicely modded R53. Drive the car 75 miles home from the person I bought it from perfectly not a problem as soon as I made it back home boom problems problems and more problems. Now let me start by saying I already am a R56 owner and love that car hence when getting the chance to get an R53 I jumped at it but different engine size and different car has me lost.

Back to the story so I got back home and the dash lights lit up like a Christmas tree and the car started over heating in the matter of seconds. Come to find out the serpentine belt was completely destroyed. Now I replaced the belt flushed he engine and changed the oil and it started running a ton better for a good 30 mins when out of no where it died and then when it would start it would be in limp mode and not go over 2000rpms. Now the R53 has a 15% supercharger pulley and a ATI super dampener.

Longer story short the belt I've replace continues to move about 1-2mm off the idler pulley when I turn the car on and I can see that the belt is wearing out already. Idk what to do. Has this happened to anyone before.

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Most people are on vacation/ holiday weekend but I would say one if your pulleys is not lined up correctly causing the belt to move and destroy itself.
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Dave.O you were one of the guys I was hoping would answer. I'm not sure what pulley could be off. I may have to get a new idler pulley and go from there because that's the pulley that the belt moves on
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Did you get the shorter belt for the 15% pulley? I would change the belt tensioner and idler pulley. Dave is correct check tho make sure all the pulleys line up. What brand SC pulley do you have? Make sure that it is not slipping on the shaft or has moved out. Alta have been know to do just that.
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Mcs02 thanks for the reply.

The issue is the work for the pulleys was all previously done before I got the R53 so brand I wouldn't know also the previous owner said he had changed all the pulleys and tensioner and belt about 2 months ago but idk how true that is.

And in terms of the belt I believe I got the right one the first belt I bought was the wrong one but I bought the right one the next day and still same issue with the belt moving about a mm off the idler pulley and the new belt has the wear marks to prove it
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the proper belt is the Gates K060535. If you are sure all the pulleys line up then posable one is lose and moving once tension is put on it. I would remove the belt and make sure all the pulleys are tight. make sure your alternator bearings sound and feel ok, small chance it is going bad and causing the problem, but I would think you would hear it if it was that bad. The previous owner may have lost track of time and perhaps it has been longer. The new tensioner or idler pulley could have been bad, when I work on cars more then once I had a new part be bad. Don't assume anything is good. last thing is make sure the belt is on correctly, although I don't think it can be put on wrong. If it could I would have done it by now. I know you may already know most of this, I am only trying to cover all bases.
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Thanks mcs02 yeah I checked everything on that side of the car that I could think of it could in all actuality be the belt but the idler pulley has a little play back and forth but no audible noise comes of it.
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If you can get a straight edge down alongside the the ends of the pulleys, you will be able to tell if one is out of the plane formed by the other pulleys. That pulley will be the culprit.
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Thanks for the reply dneprdave

Yeah I'm gunna take a look when the rain settles down. It was coming down earlier in jersey
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A tape measure will fit or a flat metal rod to check the plane.

Also try and snap a pick of the SC pulley if it has 5 or 6 bolts on the head its a Craven Speed pulley which makes all the pulleys for Detroit Tuned, Helix and WMW. The crappy ALTA ones are black.
You can see the difference of them on Amazon.

15% Gates Belt KO60535
https://www.amazon.com/Gates-K060535...6JPR8V3D2VQ6NP

Idler Pulley - $28.00
https://www.amazon.com/Gates-36168-I...ZEYT1KMWCT623F

15% pulley
https://www.amazon.com/Cravenspeed-S...GDMZ4ZT5SNPMFR

Crap ALTA Pulley
https://www.amazon.com/Alta-AMP-ENG-...C6TKM11WD815KJ
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