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BennyL
04-25-2006, 03:20 PM
Hey guys,

I was thinking of changing my belts just as preventative maintenance.

Does this make sense, or is there no point in changing the belts if there is no problem with them? I figured, there's no harm in putting in new belts, and since I have no service records from the previous owner, I might as well change them so I have a starting point.

And if it IS a good idea to do it... has anyone ever heard of Contitech belts? are they any good, or should I go OEM?

See link please: LINK (http://cgi.ebay.ca/BMW-Alternator-PS-Belts-E36-318ti-318i-Z3-1-9-318is_W0QQitemZ8058041743QQcategoryZ38656QQssPageN ameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) - is this a good price?

propr'one
04-25-2006, 03:36 PM
look at the belts. if they're not cracking or brittle, there's likely no reason to do it, belts dont have to be changed that often (every couple oil changes)

BennyL
04-26-2006, 12:18 AM
ya, but I've had the car through 2, almost 3 oil changes now, and I have no prior service records.

Miguel
04-26-2006, 08:27 AM
go see RMP.

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Gamite
04-26-2006, 09:15 AM
ya, but I've had the car through 2, almost 3 oil changes now, and I have no prior service records.

Just check the belts, its not hard to do, all you have to do is look at them.

Nascar318is
04-26-2006, 10:33 AM
If your belts squel(sp?) like a pig, then look into cracks and what not. Mine were beyond cracked, there were chunks missing. If the belts are fine then they are just loose, if not shell out the $30 for 2 new belts and $20 for a 12 pack of beer and change your belts. And you don't have to take your fan off to change your belt.

Gamite
04-26-2006, 10:38 AM
squeals might just mean they're loose.

lol if you have chunks missing, then you definately need to change them. look for stripped wires comming loose or any cracks.