Belt Tension 22R-RE & 3VZ-E

The tension on a drive belt is described by Gates as being ideal when there is 1/64" of deflection per 1 inch of belt span. In this case, there is a 4"span, therefor belt deflection should be 4/64" or 1/16". This process of determining proper belt deflections used in cases that you do not have a specialty tool.

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Belt Tension Specs:

    22R/RE
Before 1988
  • Used Belt: 80 +/- 20 lbf.
  • New Belt: 125 +/- 25 lbf.

After 1988 (V-Ribbed type belt*)
Alternator (with air pump)

  • With A/C
    Used Belt: 100 +/-20 lbf.
    New Belt: 160 +/-20 lbf.
  • Without A/C
    Used Belt: 85 +/- 20lbf.
    New Belt: 105 +/- 25 lbf.

NOTE: *If running conventional type belt, use specs for before 1988.




    3VZ-E
Alternator
  • Used Belt: 100 +/- 20 lbf.
  • New Belt: 160 +/- 20 lbf.

Power Steering
  • Used Belt: 80 +/-20 lbf.
  • New Belt: 125 +/-25 lbf.

With A/C
  • Used Belt: 80 +/- 20 lbf.
  • New Belt: 125 +/- 25 lbf.

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