Plan ahead so broken belts and fans don’t ruin your plans


I write often about The Big Seven—seven things most likely to strand you during a road trip in a vintage car (ignition, fuel delivery, cooling, charging, belts, ball joints, and clutch hydraulics). Time and time again, this prioritization has proven to be pretty accurate.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/06/18/make-sure-to-check-your-cars-belts


Don’t forget about replacing belt-tensioners and idler pulley bearings as a part of preventative maintenance! They will go bad without much warning. When they do, you will know it very quickly.