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Old 02-10-2002, 03:42 AM
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190E Belt Tension> How tight is tight?

What's the correct tension for the serpentine belt on the 190E?
I don't have a tension gauge, and unsure of the scale on the belt tensioner body. I'm looking for maximum deflection by light thumb pressure. I have about an inch of deflection in the middle of the longest section of the belt, with no noise, but want to be sure.
Thanks for your input,
1991 190E 2.3 SOLD
1972 911t 2.4 owned since 4/80 300,000+ miles SOLD
1999 C43
Merlin XLM, All Ti, 17.5lbs.
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Old 02-10-2002, 11:14 PM
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I use the scale on the belt tensioner on my 190E. In the morning I'll check the deflection and if it is different from your one inch I'll let you know. If your AC and alternator are not making noise I'd say that you have it tight enough.

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