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Old 06-12-2018, 03:47 AM
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I've just completed the rebuilt harmonic balancer installation, and replaced the drive belts. I discovered some useful information I wanted to share regarding the belts.


The industry standard for the size of these belts versus their Jaguar part number is not published anywhere I could find. Through trial and error I discovered:

Belt #1: Part #NNA4705AA can be described as 7PK1450.
Belt #2: Part #EAC9898 can be described as 4PK1080.
Belt #3: Part #NAC2211BA can be described as 5PK840.

Where the digit before the PK is the number of ribs in the belt, and the number after the PK is the length of the belt in millimeters.

I found ample supplies of belts 2 and 3, both genuine and aftermarket. Auto parts stores have these as well. There are some slight length differences to be seen, but typically a measurement within 10mm will fit. Autozone shows a 5PK825 for belt #3, not so sure about that one.

Belt #1 is a different story. There are very few places that have this genuine belt new, and I found only one aftermarket type (from many online sellers) that was claimed to fit the car as belt #1. I bought one of these Continental belts on Ebay, only to discover as soon as I received it that it is incorrect. The size is 6PK1440. So it is a 6-rib belt, not a 7-rib. The 10mm shorter length would "probably" be ok, but I rejected it right away as a 6-rib and did not test fit it. Not a single online listing (of many) for this particular Continental belt described it as a 6PK1440. Ironically the sleeve it came in is printed with the size! I returned it and then spent about twice the money on the correct genuine belt. The genuine Jaguar belt is the only one that fits.

I was confused at first during my searching for this belt because the belt that came off the car was a genuine Jaguar EBC1500. That is where I started searching. This belt measured as a 7PK1470. Then I discovered the EBC1500 is meant for the 1994 (USA) XJ12 (XJ81). Listings are plentiful for this genuine belt and aftermarkets are available too, as it is used on a few other vehicles. It is relatively inexpensive.

I realized at some point that I had a lot of trouble getting the tension correct on the old belt (the EBC1500), that it was hard to find a good position for the idler pulley tensioner. It had to be positioned close to the compressor pulley to get adequate tension. This made the angle of the belt over the idler different than the picture shows. When I nailed down the length of the correct genuine belt, it all made sense. With the new genuine belt installed, it was easy to get good tension, and the angle the belt makes around the idler is just like the diagram. Problem solved.

In summary,
The genuine Jaguar EBC1500 is a 7-rib belt but it is too long.
The Continental aftermarket belt is only a 6-rib but "probably" ok lengthwise.
But the genuine Jaguar NNA4705AA is my hero. It is Juuuuuust right!
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