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Hi all,

Elsewhere in this forum it was reported that a drivebelt shoul be changed out after 6 years.

I just downloaded the pdf 2007 Solstice Owners Manual and found only this about drivebelt service.

150,000Miles(240000km) ❑Drain,flush,andrefillcoolingsystem(orevery 60monthssincelastservice,whicheveroccurs f irst).Thisservicecanbecomplex;you shouldhaveyourdealerperformthisservice. SeeEngineCoolantonpage257forwhat touse.Inspecthoses.Cleanradiator, condenser,pressurecap,andneck.Pressure testthecoolingsystemandpressurecap. AnEmissionControlService. ❑Inspectengineaccessorydrivebelt.Visually inspectbeltforfraying,excessivecracks,or obviousdamage.Replacebeltifnecessary. AnEmissionControlService
 

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I don't think so.... A drivebelt should be done every 3 years! My Mustang went through one every 2 years....like clock work. My Sol needs one this spring, already got splitting going on and its got less then 60k and is an '08.
 

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I bought my Sky used, but to the best of my knowledge, it still has the original belt on it at almost 7 years and 45k miles. I also have a Dodge pickup, which I bought new, that's 12 years old and has 185k miles on it....still with the original belt and hoses.
 

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The best time to change a serpentine belt is right before it fails. When that will be depends on a bunch of factors (climate, humidity, is the car garaged or stored outdoors?...) It's also advisable to change out the belt tensioner(s) at the same time.

To give you an idea, my Saturn VUE has practically 200,000 miles. I'm on my third belt. Probably changed too early the first time, but it was before I shipped the car overseas to Germany, and I wasn't sure how easy it was going to be to get parts. The second change was also premature b/c the bearings in the tensioner started failing and rapidly wearing the belt as a result. I replaced both belt and tensioner about a year ago now.
 

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The belt can be inspected. The hoses are more challenging because they can wear from the inside out. The rule used to be change out the rubber hoses every three tears. But I don't do it now I check for wear.
 
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