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Replace drive belts at 30k miles?

According to the maintenance booklet, at 30k miles, "replace drive belts" is listed under optional premium upgrade, not in the "must-do" section. My car is due for an oil service.

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Old 08-13-2013, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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According to the maintenance booklet, at 30k miles, "replace drive belts" is listed under optional premium upgrade, not in the "must-do" section. My car is due for an oil service. I currently have 35k miles on it. I plan to change the transmission and differential oil anyway which I didn't do at 30k. Any suggestion for the drive belts? Do most you replace at 30k or 60k? Thanks.
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Just had my 30ka little while ago and DID replace the drive belt. Only because I follow the premium serviceto the letter. Not needed but im desperately wanting no problems so hoping its worth it and I stay trouble free evenwith the mods.

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I've always considered drive belts to be replace-as-needed items. A visual inspection will usually be enough for a go/no determination. You can find pics of good and bad belts on the Web.

But I seldom get very far from home and a broken belt is not a big deal. If you do a lot of traveling, you may want to be more proactive and replace when Nissan suggests.
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Just had my 30ka little while ago and DID replace the drive belt. Only because I follow the premium serviceto the letter. Not needed but im desperately wanting no problems so hoping its worth it and I stay trouble free evenwith the mods.

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I usually follow the premium services as well. It's just that my money is a bit tight after just upgrading my exhaust recently. Now that I don't have as many mods done as you, I'm not sure how much that would affect the lifetime of those drive belts. How much did they charge you for replacing drive belts if you don't mind me asking?
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I've always considered drive belts to be replace-as-needed items. A visual inspection will usually be enough for a go/no determination. You can find pics of good and bad belts on the Web.

But I seldom get very far from home and a broken belt is not a big deal. If you do a lot of traveling, you may want to be more proactive and replace when Nissan suggests.


I have run EVERY single car my family has owned to 100k+ without issues.
I did on the 370 only because I installed a UD pulley


Now, if I was in TX still, I'd be more inclined to check the belt regularly
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I usually follow the premium services as well. It's just that my money is a bit tight after just upgrading my exhaust recently. Now that I don't have as many mods done as you, I'm not sure how much that would affect the lifetime of those drive belts. How much did they charge you for replacing drive belts if you don't mind me asking?
Changes to the exhaust should have zero effect on belt life. You're being overly cautious. Unless you find some damage to the belt, you should be able to get at least 50k miles out of it. 75-100k is not uncommon for most cars nowadays. Not a big deal if finances require you to wait another 10-20k miles. Do a good inspection of the belt and if you find no damage ...
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The belt was 21 and charged 74 for the install. So 100 buck. If cash is tight I could see skipping it unless it looks like it needs replacing.

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The belt was 21 and charged 74 for the install. So 100 buck. If cash is tight I could see skipping it unless it looks like it needs replacing.

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$100 ain't so bad. I thought it would be much more than that. I think I might just get it done. Better safe than sorry
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Total waste of money unless every one of those 30k miles were city.
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The maker and specs of the belt can tell you alot about the durability. That being said I use a 4 yr sched for drive, non timing belt replacement. I will replace the accessory drive belt and battery next spring. My car is a 2010 and that puts it right near 4 years for both.
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The belt is roughly $22 and takes no more than 5 minutes to replace. Why is this an issue on a $3Xk car?
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Why u asking me I had the dealer replace mine for whatever it cost. Dont even remember

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i just want to let yall know i went with 111k miles with the original belt, still no issues but going to replace it anywayz
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i just want to let yall know i went with 111k miles with the original belt, still no issues but going to replace it anywayz
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Serpentine belts last quite a bit. As other stated, just check for cracks.
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