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Old 02-10-2006, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
Summer Wind
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Accessory Drive Belt -- How Much Cracking is Normal?

I have 45,000 miles on my accessory drive belt that is rated for 60,000
miles. There is cracking on the ribs, parallel to the width of the belt,
but the belt is intact. Is this considered normal, or should I replace it?

Thanks,
SW


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Old 02-10-2006, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Accessory Drive Belt -- How Much Cracking is Normal?

"Summer Wind" <summer-wind@swbell.net> wrote in message
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>I have 45,000 miles on my accessory drive belt that is rated for 60,000
>miles. There is cracking on the ribs, parallel to the width of the belt,
>but the belt is intact. Is this considered normal, or should I replace it?


I just found a site that answers my question, so I thought I'd share it.

http://autorepair.about.com/library/.../aa071205a.htm

It looks like the cracking falls into the normal category.

SW


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Old 02-11-2006, 10:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Accessory Drive Belt -- How Much Cracking is Normal?

Summer Wind wrote:
> "Summer Wind" <summer-wind@swbell.net> wrote in message
> news:AmdHf.11852$2O6.10066@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com...
>> I have 45,000 miles on my accessory drive belt that is rated for 60,000
>> miles. There is cracking on the ribs, parallel to the width of the belt,
>> but the belt is intact. Is this considered normal, or should I replace it?

>
> I just found a site that answers my question, so I thought I'd share it.
>
> http://autorepair.about.com/library/.../aa071205a.htm
>
> It looks like the cracking falls into the normal category.
>
> SW
>
>


Maybe so, but I keep one in the car anyway just in case.

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Old 02-11-2006, 13:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Accessory Drive Belt -- How Much Cracking is Normal?

On Sat, 11 Feb 2006 04:03:44 GMT, "Summer Wind"
<summer-wind@swbell.net> wrote:

>I have 45,000 miles on my accessory drive belt that is rated for 60,000
>miles. There is cracking on the ribs, parallel to the width of the belt,
>but the belt is intact. Is this considered normal, or should I replace it?
>
>Thanks,
>SW
>


Some cracking is normal. I would also consider the environment you are
in. If it's very hot a lot you probably want to replace it sooner than
at 60K. They're not that expensive and it WILL strand you if it breaks
on the road.
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Old 02-11-2006, 15:01   #5 (permalink)
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"RT" <noyabusiness@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 11 Feb 2006 04:03:44 GMT, "Summer Wind"
> <summer-wind@swbell.net> wrote:
>
>>I have 45,000 miles on my accessory drive belt that is rated for 60,000
>>miles. There is cracking on the ribs, parallel to the width of the belt,
>>but the belt is intact. Is this considered normal, or should I replace
>>it?
>>
>>Thanks,
>>SW
>>

>
> Some cracking is normal. I would also consider the environment you are
> in. If it's very hot a lot you probably want to replace it sooner than
> at 60K. They're not that expensive and it WILL strand you if it breaks
> on the road.


FYI
After I replace my first one, I carry the old one in that vehicle as a
spare, cheap insurance against being left stranded...


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Old 02-12-2006, 12:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Accessory Drive Belt -- How Much Cracking is Normal?


"351CJ" <351CJ@msn.com> wrote
:
: FYI
: After I replace my first one, I carry the old one in that vehicle as a
: spare, cheap insurance against being left stranded...
:

Isn't that something that our dad taught us when we were young?
"It'll get you by in an emergency kid." "Better safe than sorry"


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