I never clean it. I don't change it until it is obviously no longer functioning. The less you fuss the less likely you will cause a problem.
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I should have mentioned that I clean the belt every two weeks.
Now that i'm getting older the 25 lb. platter which must be removed for access to the belt is getting heavier.
I was thinking that I might clean less often and preserve my strength for playing the heavy vinyl LP's from the 1060's.
Thanks for your response
FWIW, a local modder who modified my vintage Thorens TD-166 MkII suggested I dust the belt with talc. As long as the excess talc is gently removed with a dry paper towel, he feels it will reduce the tendency of a rubber belt to stick, and thereby increase speed accuracy and belt life. Just my $0.02.