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Serpentine Belt (Porsche vs Other Brands)

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I'm probably opening a can of worms but does anyone have an opinion on Porsche original vs aftermarket serpentine belts.

 

 

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I fit a belt of a known manufacturer such as Goodyear etc, as long as you check it on a regular basis for cracking ( as you should on any vehicle) I can see no benefit from paying out for OE. Porsche don't make belts, someone makes them for them.

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Attention must be given to the exact lenght of the belt, some manufacturers do not use the same belt size as OM. 1 or two mm. too short is not an immediate problem, but 1 or 2 mm. too long will result in slipping of the belt.

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Attention must be given to the exact lenght of the belt, some manufacturers do not use the same belt size as OM. 1 or two mm. too short is not an immediate problem, but 1 or 2 mm. too long will result in slipping of the belt.

 +1.  We have seen a couple of aftermarket belts that the owner's installed and suffered slippage issues.  Not all belt are the same quality or even the correct size; stay with a known name brand to be safe.

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I only use Continental belts. Over the years I've used almost every other brand with mixed results and found Goodyear to be the worst of the bunch. 

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Another great suggestion is to soak your new serpentine belt in a coffee can full of Aerodpace Protectant 303--will last well over 100,000 miles then!

 

see You tube video on it.

 

dan

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I used Porsche belt, only about $40. When I moved the tensioner to the end of its travel the new belt was just long enough to slip on. Other brands may not have exactly the correct length. For $40 I would go with Porsche belt.

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