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Anyone here replace the VQ40DE serpentine belt, with an aftermarket one, with good results? I was thinking about a "carquest by dayco poly rib belt, premium". Can get a deal on that at advanceauto after the discount codes.

Please list your replacement belt type, and where you bought it from. I've been looking online trying to find a deal on the "Genuine Nissan 11720-EA200 Fan And Alternator Belt" too, but looks to be over 2x as much after shipping...
 

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I bought mine at my dealer as I get a substantial discount as my friend is the parts manager, great part (pun intended) about that is I needed a part on a Saturday night, sent him a text and he opened the dept on a Sunday morning and got me the item and left him money so it could be entered in the system Monday morning, convenient huh, lol.
I’d say a Gates or Dayco belt should be fine.

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Have you tried Courtesyparts.com? I get all my genuine Nissan parts there. Theyre usually much cheaper that the local dealer.

As for serpentine belts though, I've used whatever the local parts house had on many vehicles over the years and they all seem to be fine. The spare belt I keep in my overlanding kit is from O'Reilly's.
 

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I used one from autozone. Quite honestly, the oem belt didnt look worn or cracked when i pulled it off.
 

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Since these belts usually last around 80000 miles, give or take, it's best to replace the tensioner when replacing the belt as it will lose spring tension over time. I go with the Gates component kit which has the tensioner and the premium Gates belt (they'll often refer to it as an "enhancement kit," because it has the 10mm shorter belt that Nissan developed as a fix for the squeak issues of the earlier years of the VQ40DE. If I'm only going to replace the belt, I'll go with Bando, who makes OEM belts for Nissan. I'll get them from Rockauto.com. Even with the shipping, they are usually still cheaper than the local auto parts store. I've also had belt squeak issues and fitment issues with Dayco's on older Nissans, so I tend to avoid using them anymore.
 
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