Fan Belt/Battery Longevity

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Just pulled the original fan belts off my 1982 FJ40 this weekend, 144,000 original miles. Interestingly enough, both were Mitsubishi belts, under the grime. Twenty-three year old fan belts strike me as pretty darn durable. Just looking at them, I had no idea they were that old, but the previous owners (my mother and father) were fanatics for record keeping, and there was no entry in the records/receipts for fan belts, causing me to take a closer look.

Both belts were cracked through to the fiber belt between all the cogs, one was missing part of a couple of cogs, and both were slightly frayed on the edges. Yikes!

I also replaced the battery, put in August, 1997. The battery had failed, after sitting for a month - wouldn't even pass charge from the trickle charger. Dad had put in the wrong size, a 24 instead of a 27, as that was all that was available near where the factory battery had failed. Darn thing had been trouble since I got the truck, 18 months ago. Interestingly enough, changing the battery cleared up a couple of intermittent problems...hmm.

Kirk
 

Colorado Boy-74-FJ40

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You should contact Mitsubishi and let them know about that. they might be interested in having those so they can see what they did right.
 

Landpimp

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Mitsubishi is the OEM maker of all the Cruiser belts......even up to today AFAIK.

Our 90 fj62 still had the OEM hoses on it at 250K
 
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