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Sell by date?

I've just bought a Continental branded and boxed cam belt for my 20v. I notice on the box there's printed INSTALL <2/2012. Any experience or comments, anyone? DO belts have a sell-by date?
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I'm just guessing, but maybe it means its suitable for the 2.4 engines made before feb 2012??
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they stopped making the 2.4 well before that I believe...
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A lot of manufacturers (VW/Audi especially) do put fit before dates on cambelts, have seen job lots of belts for sale on forums cheap as the dealers are chucking them out as they have passed the fit date.

Not sure how important this is, although I guess rubber will still perish even if it's sitting on a shelf somewhere so guess they must have a reason for it.
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Rubbers have a shelf life before they start to degrade, it is usually 8 years for rubber kept in ideal conditions e.g out of UV light and in a reasonable temp range.
That's probably the shelf life date you are reading.
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Thank you all for backing up my suspicion. I'll use it ; I can't see sitting on a shelf in a box causing as much deterioration as being stretched over steel pulleys in a baking hot engine compartment!
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