When do you change your belts??

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by liv2hunt, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. liv2hunt

    liv2hunt Member

    Hey Fellas I bought my truck used 2 years ago the truck had 80k on it. I now have over 100k. I was just wandering how long do you let the belts run. Is there a way I can tell if they were changed. I looked at them and they look good no little cracks on them.
  2. Chris Miller

    Chris Miller Rockstar 100 Posts

    If they're not cracked, stretched, or dry-rotted, they're probably fine.
    I generally don't let a belt go longer than 3 or 4 years or 40k, whichever comes first.
  3. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    like to chang mine at around 30-40K I'm at 42K now. So I'll take a good look at it this week.. Hell it's a cheap part and easy to replace..
  4. Jacqson

    Jacqson Rockstar 100 Posts

    Yep, I agree, if you're in doubt, it's a cheap fix.
  5. bigdaddy77084

    bigdaddy77084 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    When it falls off. Check it out every oil change,When I change mine I put the old one behind the seat,so I got a spare.Cuz ya never know when a cat is gonna get under the hood...:lol:
  6. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    A great idea too.. When you change it. If the old one is not bad keep it somewhere in the truck. Mine will go in the side bin...
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    When I change my pants.
  8. Z71_guy

    Z71_guy Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    we start to recommend replacement when there is about 8 cracks per inch, but with newer belts they are made better and do not crack as much, so we use a gauge to see when its worn out you can pick one up and NAPA
  9. murdog94

    murdog94 Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    I change mine every 40k ish or else when it the tensioner is near its end of travel. And i have always kept my spare belts in my tool box in my truck.. (good thing the belt for my boat, and truck are totaly different and extra spares for my sleds arent either cuz its a mess)

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