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Old 1 Week Ago   #1
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Default Get a free serpentine belt wear Gage!

And learn more about modern serpentine belts!

http://www.gates.com/products/automo...elt-wear-gauge
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Default Re: Get a free serpentine belt wear Gage!

While that is fine and all Serpentine Belts, in my opinion, are one of those items that the auto manufacture recommended service interval be observed.
Since the belt runs everything today, water pump, alternator, power steering, etc, the loss of a belt will park the car in relatively short order.
The left lane on the freeway during rush hour is not the place you want to loose a belt.
We won't even get into the damage a broken belt can cause at speed.

The belt is fairly inexpensive and takes just minutes to install.
Changing the belt on a scheduled interval is common sense to me.
Letting it go until it is worn and must be changed assumes you are checking it regularly.
You know what the say about Assume.


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Without the gauge it's impossible to tell if the belt is worn because the newer belts sold after 2000 don't crack and disintegrate like the old ones did. The belt on my wife's Camry is 12 years old and has 147,000 miles on it and looks like new. Even my brother-in-law who is a BMW mechanic says don't change it!

I'm not really sure if the link is correct or not. The belt looks like new and there have been no problems with it. But when I get the gauge i'll find out. If you go by how the belt looks you leave it be. Which could be a mistake! The link explains why the bell can look new but really be worn out.
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If your changing on the recommended schedule it doesn't matter how it looks, they all look good till they come apart then they become a Land Shark in the middle of the road.

I'd be willing to bet 12 years 147,000 miles is over schedule.
Common sense would dictate a change for the majority of owners.


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Default Re: Get a free serpentine belt wear Gage!

I remember when you were replacing belts and hoses after only a year or two from brand new, and not out of precaution, but rather failure. Modern polymer technology has come an amazingly long way. My Toyota pick up still had the original radiator hoses at 285,000+ miles when I sold it. Both the radiator and water pump had been replaced, in both cases partly because of an accident. I replaced the v-belts at 160,000 when the W/P started making noise.

On our current and recent cars, I never replaced any belts except the timing belt (far more serious consequences should that fail). On those cars the water pump was driven by the timing belt rather than the serpentine one. With respect to the serpentine belts on our current cars, both have electric power steering, so no pump to run.
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Default Re: Get a free serpentine belt wear Gage!

I had 3 cars while I was working that all exceeded 200k miles. I commuted at all hours of the day and night. When the phone rang I went to work. Can't remember the change intervals, one was 80k I think and one was at 125 or so. Whatever.... The changes were accomplished within very short parameters of those mileages. Not worth my time or nerves to save a few bucks. Also not worth the lost wages, or potential disciplinary action for laying off on call.
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