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Yanmar 3YM30 Alternator Belt

When recently replacing the alternator belt on my Yanmar 3YM30 (80 amp alternator) with the same belt that was supplied with the engine new (A 37.5), I had to remove the fresh water pump pulley to fit the belt. The alternator would not swing down far enough to slip the belt over the three pulleys. Yanmar assures me this is the correct belt, but it seems strange to have to change it this way? Anyone else have this problem?
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This doesn't sound right. On our 3GM30 engine, it is not necessary to remove the pulley on the fresh water/coolant pump to replace the belt. There is enough throw on the alternator adjustment bracket to slacken the belt completely. Hmmm.

On the other hand, it sounds like you have a higher amp alternator than standard. Maybe the case is larger, preventing you from getting all the throw from the adjustment bracket. But I haven't heard of folks that have upgraded to larger alternators complaining about this problem.

You might try another brand of belt and see if it makes a difference. I would order some Gates Green Stripe belts, which wear better with the high-output alternators anyway. Good luck!

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Try calling Mack Boring there a Yanmar distributer 1800 622 5364. Maybe they can put you in the right direction.
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NAPA automotive stores have all sort of belts normally for a price lower that Yanmars. The belts made with about half an inch increment, you can buy next size or two sizes bigger.
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Sometimes if you loosen the alternator mounting bolts, or take them off so that you can rock the alternator a wee bit, you can get the belt over the alternator puller that way.
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Make sure you loosen the pivot bolt and the swing arm bolt. Sometimes, loosening only the swing arm bolt will not give the full range of motion.
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In your messgae you say "The alternator would not swing down far enough to slip the belt over the three pulleys".
I my 3ym30 I need to use two v-belt, one for the alternator (25131-003000) and another one for the water pump (104511-78780). There is 2 pulley on the crank shaft. May be this could kelp. Good luck,
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Yanmar belts

My 3GM30 has 3 belts. the inner one is the raw water pump, the next is the water pump and alternator and the outer one is for a Sea-frost compressor.



On mine I have to remove the compressor pulley to take that belt off as the compressor does not rotate much. But the alternator has plenty of swing on its bracket.

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How can I find the Gates equivalent fan belt for my Yanmar 4JH2E? I'm going through fan belts fast because my 80 amp alternator is not aligned exactly with the belt. I need the toughest belts I can get until I can get a better alignment.
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Belt alignment trick

A thought on your alignment- A good old trick is to lay a dowel rod into the groove of the pulley. It will find it's own center and give an easy perfect progression of where the pulley is really pointed. This makes it easy to decide on the next step. If that does not help they also make flat belts that replacement the V belt. You can do a search for Yanmar serpentine alternator pulley kit.

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