One of the biggest concerns of most people who are riding automatic scooters today is the drive belt’s lifespan. In fact, one of the most annoying things that you may possibly experience with your motorcycle is having its drive belt break. This type of scenario is hard to repair most especially if you’re on the roadside. What’s more, it will disable your motor instantly. If this happens, you’re left with no other choice but to leave your motorcycle or bring it to the nearest repair shop.Either way, drive belt breaks are actually a rare occurrence as they’re meant to travel thousands of kilometers. Fortunately, there are lots of ways that you can do to determine if your belt is about to break. Read on and find out how
One of the best ways that you can do to avoid drive belt failure is to conduct regular inspection. In the owner’s manual of your motorcycle, you will see how often should you change the belt and what’s the right size to use. Typically, the drive belt is inspected with regular service interludes at the service shop.
On the other hand, some brands are advising their customers to replace their belt every 10,000kms or every 24 months.
However, if you’re doing the maintenance on your own, it is a good idea to check your drive belt each time you change the oil of your engine. All you need to do is prop your motorcycle on either side stand or middle stand and then remove the cover of the transmission by unscrewing the bolts. From here, you will the belt’s condition.
Symptoms of Drive Belt Break or Failure
Usually, worn drive belts will slip. Fortunately, this one is relatively easy to spot since the manner the bike accelerates will not be in synchronous with the throttle.
Further, another sign is an obvious loss in power or the top speed becomes lower. Worn drive belts on the other hand, usually sink to the pulleys, excellently reducing the transmitted power and changing the gear ratios.
However, there are times that the belt will suddenly break with a slight warning. This may possibly happen most especially in the debris-filled and dusty environments. It may also take place if the drive belt replacement is past due.
How to Replace a Broken Drive Belt?
If you experienced drive belt failure it is highly recommended that you bring it to the service center and let them change it for you. However, if possible, make sure to bring a spare drive belt with the right size specified by the manufacturer so that replacing it will become a lot easier.
If you have all the needed tools, you may want to fix it on your own. But as a reminder doing this stuff on the roadside is not as simple and easy as you think since it requires it specialist tools and some disassembly.
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