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This is definitely in the don’t-try-this-at-home category, but this guy pulls off a neat trick. He uses a large screwdriver to change what I believe is the water pump drive belt on an old VW Bug engine while it’s running. The video’s only 33 seconds long, and the guy doesn’t even use that entire time to pull off the change. I can’t imagine when you’d need to change a belt that fast, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Try this with a modern serpentine system, and you’d find yourself in the ER with a five-rib belt wrapped around your neck, a few broken fingers, and a running engine busy seizing itself in the workshop.

The video is on YouTube, located through Streetfire.
Fastest Belt Change Ever [YouTube]

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13 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Belt-Changing Sensei

  1. Ted says:

    Tee hee, water pump belt…

  2. Greg says:

    Yeah, that’s a good one 🙂

  3. jc says:

    Maybe that was the problem with my bug… never remembering to change the water pump belt?

  4. ShopMonger says:

    yeah nothing like a water pump belt VW style……….

    Maybe it connected to the woblator shaft, next to the diode meter that runs the pump for the blinker fluid.


  5. BeansBaxter says:

    Wonder if you can do the muffler bearings while it’s running too?

  6. kyle says:

    i think that thing needs a new knuter valve

  7. Dave H says:

    He wouldn’t be able to do that if the generator belt pulley on top was adjusted correctly. It’s way too loose. These had a two piece pulley with spacer washers sanwiched between that you would remove and put on the outside to ajust the size of the ‘V’ on the upper pulley. Look at how much the belt is flopping around as it’s running. Cheap Jedi mind trick I say…

  8. Toolhearty says:


    KaleCo Auto, for all your auto maintenance needs. They’ve got everything: muffler bearings, blinker fluid, Johnson rods, you name it.

  9. Lex Dodson says:

    Oh, Hell. I would forget that old Bugs are air-cooled with the whole Internet watching. >.<

    The fun part is, we used to have fun with parts stores at my old shop by calling them up and asking for a radiator for a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle. Touche, gentlemen. 🙂

  10. Kris says:

    You could also have called them up and ask for a 1957 VW gas gauge.

  11. Brau says:

    I love this vid. Reminds me of my brother who would crow about being able to swap his VW engine in under 1/2 hr. Personally, I wasn’t exactly impressed he needed to become so proficient at it, nor the stack of tools and parts he drove around with each day. Beetle owners are a strange breed.

  12. Travis says:

    Lots of people know that old Bugs are air-cooled. If you really want to mess with the parts store, ask them to find you a water pump for a 1967 Chevy Corvair.

  13. bob says:

    Bugs are oil cooled.

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