How to Check the Drive Belt Tension on a Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero |

Hello, John Talley here with Today we’re going to be working on our 2016
Kawasaki Vaquero. What I’m going to show you today is how to
check the belt tension on it. A lot of people make the mistake of not actually
lifting the back end and then they don’t actually use the right tool to push in the belt to
show you how far it’s going to deflect. So let me go grab a jack and I’ll show you
how to get it done. Alright guys I’m going to do something that
is really not required. The window we’re going to be looking at is
actually behind this exhaust muffler right here. So, you’re not going to be able to see it
on camera. So what I’m going to do is go ahead and remove
this saddlebag and pull off the muffler that way they’ll have a straight shot so you can
see exactly what I’m doing. So let me go ahead and get those two things
out of the way and I’ll show you how to get it adjusted. Okay, step number one. You need to go ahead and actually lift the
back of the machine up. That’s usually one of the first mistakes people
make is they check it with it just sitting down on the suspension, and they actually
want it lifted up. Alright, that’s got it cleared just enough
to bring it up in the air. Alright, here’s how we get this done. We’ve got the back of the machine lifted up,
and we’ve got this little tool right here. What this tool does is it’s gauged for different
pressures. And that right there is going to be 45 newtons
or 10 pounds, and that’s what we need to check this– that’s the amount we need to check
this particular belt. Alright, what you do is you mark with your
eyes where the belt is. It’s right here. What we’re going to do is put it in the center
of the belt and push up until this is aligned with that mark right there. So, center the belt, push up. And now you want to see which mark it is on
this guide. so it moved it up one notch: here to here. And that’s what we’re actually looking for. Now, you want to rotate the wheel counterclockwise
about 90 degrees. And then we want to recheck it. Same amount of deflection. So this belt’s actually good to go. Alright, as you’re measuring that, if it moved
one of those sections, you need to adjust it. How do you adjust it? You’d actually loosen up the axle then use
these adjusters to pull it back a little bit more. When you do that, just make sure that you
pull it evenly on both sides. It’s very critical, otherwise if the tire’s
off it’s not going to track straight and you don’t want that to happen. How often should you do this? Well, actually about every 3,750 miles, which
is roughly about twice as often as you’re going to change the oil in the machine. So it’s something you really need to check–
and often. So, if you need the tool that we used to check
it with, come see us at Partzilla and we can get you taken care of. If you have any questions or comments, just
leave them in the section below and I’ll do my best to answer them. And until next time, we just want to say thanks
for watching.

4 thoughts on “How to Check the Drive Belt Tension on a Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero |

  • nice video, but how to line out the rear pulley/wheel, because the marks on the left end right side or not 100% correct.

  • Great job! Love the video! Just subscribed to your channel.i have a Vulcan 2000 LT. The belt adjustment procedure would be the same i do believe.

  • Just adjusted my belt for the first time. The ajuster nut on the belt side was really hard to turn. is this normal?

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