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Re: Cat 943 fan belt/overheating

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10-12-2012 02:12:09

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I would replace the fan belt. If it ran off once,it will probably do it again. Keep the belt tight,the fan draws alot of air to keep the engine/hydraulics cool. Checking the belts should be part of the pre start check along with checking the oil,coolant level,hydraulic level and transmission levels.
There should be no way any sticks should be able to get to the belts assuming the stump pans are on the machine and the engine compartment doors are closed. They will draw in some grass/leaves and small debris through small openings especially when clearing,so blowing out the radiator and cleaning off the engine around the manifold/turbo should be a part of regular maintenance.
If it only got to 220 for a short time, and it has antifreeze in it, no damage should have happened.

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10-14-2012 19:03:19

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 Re: Cat 943 fan belt/overheating in reply to MSM, 10-12-2012 02:12:09  
Thanks for your info. After closer inspection there is a stump plate missing that exposes the radiator hose and the fan belt. This is going to be my first order to install one. The belt appears ok and tension seems fine when I look at it. I'm not sure exactly how to check its tension, but it doesn't seem excessively loose. A relative of mine that runs one of these machines said it would be a good idea to check the fan bearings by checking for fan wobble/play to ensure this wasn't a contributing factor.thanks for your advice.

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