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    Quote Originally Posted by lrcipo View Post
    Can the drive belt be inspected without taking the engine cover off? In other words, can it be inspected from the bottom of the car while up on a lift? My Indie will be doing my MAJOR (C) Maintenance and changing the plugs, etc. and I want him to check the drive belt per the schedule.
    The drive belt cover is on the firewall directly behind the seats and is not difficult to access

    You do not need to remove the top engine cover in order to access the belt. This is the one that is more time-consuming as it requires much of the rear hatch trim to be removed in order to remove the carpet in order to access it

    There are belly pans that cover the entire bottom of the car other than the transmission and oil pan that would have to be removed, and even then you would not be able to access anything well enough to be useful. It would likely take more time than just going through the proper access
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    Re: 981 Maintenance Schedule and "to do" Items Summary

    Thank you for that response. It sounds like a big job just to take a look at it. In your opinion, with less than 16,000 miles on the car and no tracking, do you agree with me that the chances are pretty slim that it needs replacement? I hate to not comply with all the items on the major service but I am thinking about forgoing this one item. The car has been flawless since I ordered it new from the factory. (I'm having all the rest of the items on the checklist done). Although, I have already removed the carpet areas you describe when I changed the console so I can give it a shot, I guess.
    Last edited by lrcipo; 05-17-2019 at 11:40 AM. Reason: added last sentence
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    Quote Originally Posted by lrcipo View Post
    Thank you for that response. It sounds like a big job just to take a look at it. In your opinion, with less than 16,000 miles on the car and no tracking, do you agree with me that the chances are pretty slim that it needs replacement? I hate to not comply with all the items on the major service but I am thinking about forgoing this one item. The car has been flawless since I ordered it new from the factory. (I'm having all the rest of the items on the checklist done). Although, I have already removed the carpet areas you describe when I changed the console so I can give it a shot, I guess.
    Its only my opinion, but I wouldn’t change out a belt with only 16,000 miles on it. I believe it calls for every six years or 60,000 miles. I have a 2014 that was sold to me new in 2013 and I have 21,000 miles and have no intentions of changing my belt yet

    When I do I will do it myself as it’s an easy swap out and a cheap part right off the shelf. You can get the belt online or from any auto parts store for less than $50 rather than paying Porsche a fortune to do it for you

    Do a Google search for changing out a 981 drive belt, most of which will redirect back to this forum and you will see that it’s not that complicated or time-consuming at all and several guys have done it themselves. You essentially use a wrench to release the tension on the idler arm, slip the old belt off from the pulleys and put the new one back on

    Here is one such post to get you started and help you understand exactly where it is and how the process is performed

    https://www.planet-9.com/981-diy-dis.../225929?page=1
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    Re: 981 Maintenance Schedule and "to do" Items Summary

    Thank you so much for that information! I was not planning on changing it but merely "inspecting" it per the checklist. Your information gives me peace of mind. Thank you.
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    Re: 981 Maintenance Schedule and "to do" Items Summary

    Quote Originally Posted by lrcipo View Post
    Thank you for that response. It sounds like a big job just to take a look at it. In your opinion, with less than 16,000 miles on the car and no tracking, do you agree with me that the chances are pretty slim that it needs replacement? I hate to not comply with all the items on the major service but I am thinking about forgoing this one item. The car has been flawless since I ordered it new from the factory. (I'm having all the rest of the items on the checklist done). Although, I have already removed the carpet areas you describe when I changed the console so I can give it a shot, I guess.
    Porsche's maintenance schedule is based on time and use. Time matters because oil, rubber, synthetics etc degrade with time even though the car is not driven very much. Same with your tires - they can sit and dry rot.

    Get the belt changed. Don't outsmart the engineers who designed the best sports car in the world. They know what they are doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subshooter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lrcipo View Post
    Thank you for that response. It sounds like a big job just to take a look at it. In your opinion, with less than 16,000 miles on the car and no tracking, do you agree with me that the chances are pretty slim that it needs replacement? I hate to not comply with all the items on the major service but I am thinking about forgoing this one item. The car has been flawless since I ordered it new from the factory. (I'm having all the rest of the items on the checklist done). Although, I have already removed the carpet areas you describe when I changed the console so I can give it a shot, I guess.
    Porsche's maintenance schedule is based on time and use. Time matters because oil, rubber, synthetics etc degrade with time even though the car is not driven very much. Same with your tires - they can sit and dry rot.

    Get the belt changed. Don't outsmart the engineers who designed the best sports car in the world. They know what they are doing.
    Yes but the OP in question has a Cayman which is not even six years old yet so neither the time nor the mileage has expired at this point.

    Modern day belt material is designed to last a very long time. They are not the same rubber belts from years past that break down quickly. They will typically last between 60 and 100,000 miles or more And up to a decade In time.

    The exact same belt material from the exact same manufacturer in a different car may not be recommended to be changed for 10 years or up to 100,000 miles. The belt used in a Ford with such recommendations isn't made of some magic material that Porsche hasn’t discovered yet.

    Porsche on the other hand has to assume that every single person that buys one of their cars is going to track that car and drive it completely different than a Toyota corolla whether that is actually the case or not, therefore they are very aggressive at their maintenance suggestions.

    The same thing applies to spark plugs. No other standard car manufacture out there is going to suggest that you change the plugs every four years like Porsche does despite using the exact same off-the-shelf Bosch plugs. Most of them will be between 60 to 100,000 miles and not based on time at all.

    Sure it’s not a big deal to go ahead and change it now at five years, however I don’t think there would be a problem at all in waiting until next year and doing it with the routine oil change if the OP desires or at his own leisure if he decides to do it himself.

    We all have our own tolerance level of risk, so these are very personal decisions
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    Re: 981 Maintenance Schedule and "to do" Items Summary

    Thanks for that additional reply ICNU, its exactly what I was thinking; I will have the belt replaced next year when I hit the 6 year point. It's solely to be able to keep the car up to the Porsche maintenance standard when I eventually have to sell it (I hope never). Like you, I don't believe the belt needs replacing and I don't want to pull everything apart just to take a look at it. I am willing to pull everything apart to replace it, however. And I agree on the plugs too but going to have those done anyway. I love the advice and expertise on this forum!
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