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  Initial Inspection and Diagnostic Overview  

Inspection and Verification

  1. Verify the customer's concern by operating the engine to duplicate the condition.


  1. Inspect to determine if any of the following mechanical concerns apply.
  2. NOTE: Minor cracks in the V-grooved portion of the drive belt are considered normal and acceptable. If the drive belt has chunks missing from the ribs, a new drive belt should be installed.

Install a new drive belt if any of the following conditions exist:

  • rib chunk-out
  • severe glazing
  • frayed cords or other concerns. Inspect for drive belt cracking/chunking/wear.


V-Ribbed Serpentine Drive Belt With Cracks Across Ribs


V-Ribbed Serpentine Drive Belt With Chunks of Rib Missing

  1. If the concerns remain after inspection, determine the symptoms and go to the symptom chart. See: Symptom Related Diagnostic Procedures