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Old 06-20-2012, 07:31 AM
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Would it be possible to change the fan belt with the engine running...........

Would it be possible to change the fan belt with the engine running and if so, how would you do it?


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This can be ANY production car past or present; i think i heard this mentioned in Ken Burns documentary concerning jazz (i think?) so they were probably referring to cars from the 30's-50's but really we can apply to question to any car. In fact, it may be easier on a modern car because many of them have electric fans or clutch fans.

2) Let's not consider serpentine belt equipped cars for now, because that may actually be easier than v-belts.

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:56 AM
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Did it say how many fingers they had left after putting the belt on with engine running? LOL. I am not saying it can't be done but I don't want to try.

I will have mine not running, when it comes to flesh and bone against steel, most of the time the steel wins.
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No, and the reason i'm asking is because i think it said something like, "Doing (don't remember what was said) would be akin to changing the fan belt with the engine running."

It was either one of Ken Burns'es documentaries on jazz. In fact, i'm pretty sure of it. Or it may have been a good documentary on American Experience (another excellent PBS program) dealing with civil rights but i don't think so.


So that's why i was asking because i'm curious, and it would not suprise me if it were possible; Maybe on a model T or something----they didn't idle very fast?
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guitar strings?

I think he was talking about putting on a guitar string while still playing a few notes.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:10 AM
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It would depend on how many RPM's the engine was turning. The slower the better chance of survival. This sounds like a bar bet challenge. Just like the Luge. " Oh yeah? Well I'll do it on a skate board, downhill, feet first, on my back, no hands!" I'm pretty sure this is how a majority of Olympic events got started.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:12 AM
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Now as far as how to do it, verrry carefully!
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Well, getting it off should be pretty "easy" in that you could cut the old one.

Now as far as putting it on:

If we define the fan belt as the belt that turns the water pump then:

Then, and this is only one possible way, we don't even need a fan---it could be removed. Let's picture a small block chevy.

So now the water pump pully and crank pulley are totally exposed nothing in the way. You know that it goes around the alternator as well. So loosen the alternator to the point where it moves closest to the water pump/crank pulley area.

Carefully slip the belt on, pry the alternator back with a long screwdriver or lever and tighten the alternator.

Now, IF the one of the parameters requires that there must be a fan, then i'm not quite sure.

Yes, i know----i just woke up and a zillion things go thru my mind when i wake up. Please forgive.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:35 AM
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"It (don't remember what was said) would be akin to changing the fan belt with the engine running.[/I]"
The way I understand that is their saying whatever it was is impossible, or at least really stupid.

When I was a kid I worked at a really large printing company. As the printing came off the press it was loaded onto a belt driven conveyor. One night the drive belt broke and instead of shutting down to repair it one of the pressman tried to do it on the fly. He got down under the conveyor with the new belt in hand, moments later he popped back up holding his right hand and screaming. After they rushed him to the hospital they found his pinky and ring finger under the conveyor..............he saved them as a reminder
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Sounds like a good way to get some broken fingers... or even a screwdriver stuck in your eyeball ...buuutt.....



Still want to see how it's done?



Here you go...



http://mattbarrett.posterous.com/cha...ine-is-running
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Sounds like a good way to get some broken fingers... or even a screwdriver stuck in your eyeball ...buuutt.....



Still want to see how it's done?



Here you go...



http://mattbarrett.posterous.com/cha...ine-is-running
Oh yeah, if you want to do it the easy way with a screwdriver! But can he do it blindfolded? Do you think this guys mother used to say "Matt take your tongue out of that light socket" a lot?
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I would like to see him try that on a normal engine not a VW. Stupid though i don't care what it's on. JMO



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The really scary part?
How many failed attempts and rehersals?
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I can't help but picture the screwdriver stuck in his hand...
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I would like to see him try that on a normal engine not a VW. Stupid though i don't care what it's on. JMO



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Yeah ,I saw that vidio with the VW but it was still loose...Just because something CAN be done dont mean it SHOULD be done...
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Why are we even talking about this..Someone trying for a Darwin Award?
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