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Cambelt shelf life

Discussion in 'Motors' started by carlosvr6, 12 Jul 2012.

  1. carlosvr6

    Hitman

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    Is the shelf life on a Cambelt the date before it must be used on the car or is this the date after which it should not be used at all?
     
  2. pepsilol

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    It's just a manufacturing date no?
     
  3. Scania

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    As above , it's probably the manufacture date.

    What's the date out if interest?

    I doubt its a use by or indeed sell by date.
     
  4. aproctor

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    Keep it dry and out of sunlight.
     
  5. tigerstyle

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    you really want to do all this work then risk it on perhaps the cheapest part in the job?
     
  6. Haggisman

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    And away from strong smelling foods? :p
     
  7. carlosvr6

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    Date is 05/14

    Is still in the box with the full kit.
    Planning on getting it put on next week.
    It's a genuine GM Cambelt kit.
     
    Last edited: 13 Jul 2012
  8. carlosvr6

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    Called a Vauxhall dealer who confirmed that the date on the packaging is the date they need to sell the belt by. It's perfectly fine to put on the car.
     
  9. OpenToSuggestions

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    My Micra handbook said to change the belts (not the cambelt as it is a chain) every 5 years and I changed them at somewhere between 8-9 years.

    Fit the belt then come 2015 have a look to see how it is.
     
  10. sketchytom

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    if i remember rightly that would stand for the 5th day in the 14th week of the year. dont hold me to it though its been a while since ive stepped foot in a garage

    its definatly the date of manufacture
     
    Last edited: 13 Jul 2012
  11. Scania

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    Well, thats a surprise!
     
  12. carlosvr6

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  13. nemtizz

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    Better throw it away just to be sure buddy. It has gone 12.
     
    Last edited: 17 Jul 2012
  14. Matt82

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    Why not just buy a new belt and use the rest of the kit if you're that concerned