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Posted: 05/17/21 04:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1320Fastback wrote:

Before our big trip a few years ago I changed the belt on my truck myself a few days before departure and kept the old one as the spare. I do not agree with waiting till is starts shedding rubber because that is what will leave you stranded.


Maybe if you pop the hood every time before you start the engine waiting for it to start shedding works...but I know no one who does that, so we did what you did. Put the new belt on and kept the old as an emergency spare. No sense buying a new belt and then let it age out sitting in storage.

Plus if you do it at home, you get an idea of what you need and how to do it, so if it does fail, you are better prepared to replace it.


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I'm going to see if the labeling is still on the belt. Need to get into the closet to get access as this is a rear radiator. If not then will have it changed at next service.

To some who suggested the results of a pickup truck, this is different in a rear radiator as there is no hood, easy access or ability to work easily. You need to stand on your head in a closet or be under the engine reaching up.

Not being sarcastic but just realistic.


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Got to ask a question.
Has anyone had one actually break? If so, how many miles did it have on it?

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Good question Dusty. [emoticon]

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Posted: 05/17/21 10:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did but it was many years ago and I don't even recall what car I was driving at the time. It was one of the old V belts. I assume the engineers have improved the product since then.


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I've had serpentine belts break at work before. Our equipment has Cummins 3.8L diesels but is a rare failure. Never had one break on my personal vehicles since they got away from V belts.


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dalenoel wrote:

I'm going to see if the labeling is still on the belt. Need to get into the closet to get access as this is a rear radiator. If not then will have it changed at next service.

To some who suggested the results of a pickup truck, this is different in a rear radiator as there is no hood, easy access or ability to work easily. You need to stand on your head in a closet or be under the engine reaching up.

Not being sarcastic but just realistic.


Sounds like even more reason to replace it pre emptively then. If it’s original.


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Dusty R wrote:

Got to ask a question.
Has anyone had one actually break? If so, how many miles did it have on it?


Never seen one break that wasn’t the result of some other failure, taking out the belt.
Old habits I suppose, but a new belt and idler and tensioner pulley on an older or higher mileage vehicle is cheap insurance. Which I realize sounds silly if not replacing everything that spins like the alternator and steering pump. But...

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