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The drive belt – also known as a serpentine belt – keeps important components of your car’s accessory system running smoothly. The power steering, air conditioning, and sometimes even the water pump, rely upon this belt to provide them with power. The drive belt can only perform its job, however, if proper tension is maintained on it.

With time, wear and tear can have a destructive effect on the automatic tensioner, impeding its ability to keep the serpentine belt tight enough. If the belt is too loose it could come free of its pulleys, which in turn affects the operations of the parts it’s connected to. If the drive belt is too tight it could put undue strain on the water pump bearings and other vital parts under the hood, shortening their lives.

If your drive belt is creating vibration, rattles, sticks, stops working, or the tensioner shows obvious cracks or looseness, it could need replacing. There are some things to take into account when selecting a new one:

  • Consider aftermarket parts: One advantage of an aftermarket automatic tensioner is that the weaknesses of some tensioners that have failed have prompted a reverse engineering of the part in order to tweak the problems. This has resulted in tensioners that are, in some cases, actually better than OEM.

  • Look for a tensioner with corrosion protection: Rust and decay can shorten your part’s life.

  • Check with your dealer about a warranty: Sometimes drive belt tensioners are covered under the powertrain warranty, which would save you a few bucks on the repair. While the average home mechanic can handle the job of replacing the drive belt tensioner, the job does require a couple of specialized tools. If you don’t want to invest the money in a set of tools that will rarely be used, go ahead and let a professional do the task for you.

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Phillip

17 years of experience
200 reviews
Phillip
17 years of experience
Chevrolet Express 1500 - Drive Belt Tensioner - Elk Grove, California
This was my first time using Your Mechanic, and it was so much easier than trying to get your car back and forth between a shop. I will definitely be using Your Mechanic, and Philip again. Philip was prompt courteous and in and out of our lives quickly. I would definitely recommend Philip to anyone heating car help.
Toyota Tundra - Drive Belt Tensioner - Sacramento, California
Great work, showed up early, which I liked and finished early. Very friendly and clear at communicating, even saved me some money!

Fadi

18 years of experience
85 reviews
Fadi
18 years of experience
BMW X5 - Drive Belt Tensioner - San Diego, California
I request FADI to do the work on my car . Why: he has a spirit of excellent Very knowledgeable he Not only replace the part but explain the function of it to keep the car running smooth The job was done In a timely manner. I didn't have to wait all morning in a auto shop. I am very satisfied with his Excellent workmanship. I considered him to be my mechanic.
Acura CL - Drive Belt Tensioner - La Jolla, California
Fadi was great. Knowledgeable and efficient. Showed up early and got the job done on time, all while I was at work so I didn't have to take any time out of my workday to get the car fixed. Definitely recommend.

Henry

32 years of experience
137 reviews
Henry
32 years of experience
Honda CR-V - Drive Belt Tensioner - Vineland, New Jersey
Henry is an A+ mechanic. He was prompt, polite, respectful, clean, and very capable. Henry explained everything that he did and completed all repairs requested. I loved his old-school auto repair methodologies and work ethic. There was no cutting corners with this man. Highly recommended !!!

Eduardo

17 years of experience
329 reviews
Eduardo
17 years of experience
Nissan Frontier - Drive Belt Tensioner - Houston, Texas
Eduardo texted to say he could arrive earlier than my appointment which was great for me - he showed looking 100% professional and completed the work promptly! Very professional and I would book him again.

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