When to change your drive belt
“Drive belts are designed to last for between 40,000 miles and 100,000 miles”
An auxiliary drive belt should be inspected regularly. Fail to do so and when it fails it’s likely to leave you stranded at the side of the road. Drive belts are rubber-based and are designed to last for between 40,000 miles and 100,000 miles - check your car’s Service Schedule for guidance.
The belt(s) should be examined every time the car is serviced. It’s not unusual for a ribbed belt to exhibit small cracks in the edges of the belt ribs, and unless these are extensive or very deep, belt replacement is not essential. However, if two or more ribs are missing for more than half an inch or there are cracks running parallel to the ‘V’ portions of the belt, it needs to be replaced.
All cars are slightly different, so if it is time to change your drive belt, use our 'before you begin' checklist, and find your car for specific instructions.