Yeah, I know all that! But everybody, me, shop techs, and shop specs examined that belt MINUTELY, rolling it as tightly as was practical under strong light - there were NO cracks, webs, or any other signs of deterioration. If I could have seen the belt without any disassembly, I would not have replaced it. But, as I said, it (and all the other parts) were replaced, since we had to get in there just to see. At the very least, for those who wish to keep track of such things, you have it on good authority (me) that the belt is good for 10 years; that's for those who keep their cars that long, of course.