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What is the true recommended time/mileage for changing the belts on an Esprit V8. I realize it could take years for people to hit the mileage to change out the belts, so I didn't know if there was a recommended time interval too. What does everyone recommend?
 

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This has become very subjective, as the price of failure pales in comparision to the replacement price. Add to the mix the fact that we now have the "blue" replacement belt which is supposed to have an extended life and which Lotus never tested.

I change belts every 15,000 miles or 5 years which ever comes first, don't ask me why it is just what I do. I also run without the left and right belt covers as there shape distorts under temperature and rubs against the belts. Also makes for quick tension check. It's not an off road car so I don't worry about rocks dislogging the belts.
 
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