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Old 09-08-2017, 08:05 AM   #1
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Get a free serpentine belt wear gauge!

And learn about modern serpentine belts.

http://www.gates.com/products/automo...elt-wear-gauge
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:25 AM   #2
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The serpentine belt on my wife's 2005 Camry has 148,000 miles on it and looks like new so I haven't changed it. It exhibits not of the problems mentioned in the above link but I wonder is it OK or should I change it?
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:01 AM   #3
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I'm running the original one on my car, too.
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:06 AM   #4
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How many miles?
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:21 PM   #5
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How many miles?
Just over 70k, but I assume the 10 yrs has been harder on it than the miles. In any case, the last time it was in for maintenance at Toyota, it passed the basic inspection, so I'm running with it until it starts squealing at me lol.
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Old 09-08-2017, 03:14 PM   #6
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According to the link above to Gates serpentine belt made after 2000 can only be inspected with their gauge. They don't show wear like they used to.

I don't really know what the truth is. The belt on my wife's Camry is 13 years old and has 147,000 miles on it. When I get the gauge I fully expected to show the belt is "Worn out". However, it doesn't squeal it doesn't slip and it doesn't give any indication at all that it's not doing what it supposed to.
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Tough call. Probably worth replacing to avoid future issues, eh?
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Old 09-08-2017, 06:04 PM   #8
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Prolly going to change it when I get the gauge and test the belt with it.

IF it fails!

PS I do check the belt every week.
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:15 AM   #9
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Well s#$% Batman the alternator in the wifes Camry is smoking! Thats just what the link on the original post said could happen! The belt driven accessories can be overheated by a worn out belt which to the eye looks new. Which this one did.

You need the gauge in the original post to determine its condition. If the mechanic doesnt use a gauge his opinion is worthless.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:21 PM   #10
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Oh, wow, that blows. I had my alternator changed recently. I wonder if it's standard practice to replace the belt at the same time? If not, I have the original belt and might be burning up a new alternator as we speak lol.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:24 AM   #11
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My brother-in-law the BMW mechanic just change the alternator and the belt. The bearings in the alternator we're good it was the windings that were smoking. Larry says if you want to new car by Toyota . If you buy a BMW, get rid of it before the warranty is out.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:28 AM   #12
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Good find! Just signed up for a few belt checker. Should help me check my belt in my crazy now cramped enfine bay
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Old 10-14-2017, 02:02 PM   #13
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Just requested one too! Thanks for the link and info. I've always just inspected serpentine belts for cracks, missing rib chunks, fraying etc. It definitely makes sense that loss of rib material could cause slipping.
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Old 10-14-2017, 03:23 PM   #14
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I requested one when I made this post back on 9/8. When it comes I'll check the old bout my brother-in-law just took off!
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:20 PM   #15
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Mine has 128K on it and has been doing a squeal upon start up. need to get a new one soon....
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Thanks OP, I ordered one too
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