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Old 11-29-2017, 01:53 AM   #1
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fan belt wont fit?

lost the old fan belt. bought a new one but could not get it on. returned it and bought a longer fan belt for a festiva that has AC and Power Steering even though the car does not have either.
hey it was raining and car was parked at a gas station. the longer belt did fit but it's loose and the alternator is not charging the battery. I just needed something to get me home.
The belt was flat, not a V belt.
I'm thinking if i get a V belt that is the same size as the flat one that i couldn't get on, there should be just enough extra slack because the V belt fits IN the pulleys and not ON the pulleys. Does this make sense?
Lastly, if that fails, do some people just pry the belt over the last pulley to get it on?
the alternator is pivoted ALL the way in when I tried to get the smaller belt on.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:54 AM   #2
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Re: fan belt wont fit?

Normally their is a number on the belt. Get the number the parts store should be able to get the length. Get a shorter belt if it don't fit exchange the belt.
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Re: fan belt wont fit?

What year, engine? Is this non US model? What size were the 2 belts you tried?
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:47 AM   #4
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Re: fan belt wont fit?

i cannot say right this very minute if the smaller flat fan belt is the same circumference as the v groove belt but it is on and snug. when i return the longer AC/PS flat belt tomorrow I will ask them. The v groove belt came from a different store. thanks for lending an ear. 1993 ford festiva 1.3 L engine. Auto. 140,000 original kilometers. Mint. Minus a couple of dings. My cousin has a festiva and he said his pulleys are grooved. Oh well.
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