I happened to take a look at my Iswara's alternator belt two days ago,
a Mitsuboshi 4PK 865, the flat, ribbed type, and noted a minor tear,
more like a scratch, half to an inch long, along (not across) the TOP
part of the belt, where the fabric part is.
I had a close look at its nylon side or edge and bottom ribbed rubber part,
with a mirror and torchlight, and they still looked good.
It looked more like a scratch, possibly from a flying stone or pebble,
because it was shallow and and hadn't cut into the bottom ribbed rubber.
Pretty much like a scratch or minor tear on the top of or skin.
I had my car's aircon man, Ah Tee, in Kepong, take a look, and he
said it was no problem and was still fully usable.
This young Burmese guy passing by in Jln SS3/31, near where I usually
take my lunch, who was a former mechanic, had a look and said it was
nothing too - he said that was just the top ''cloth''' part and had seen
many cases like that in his former job.
The belt has done about 34,000 km.
I was wondering what the experienced users here might think ?
I've been told this belt normally lasts at least 60,000 km ?