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Common signs include a squealing noise from the front of the vehicle, power steering and AC not working, engine overheating, and cracks on the belt. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Serpentine/Drive Belt Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.
|Cars||Estimate||Parts Cost||Labor Cost||Savings||Average Dealer Price|
|2011 Dodge Durango||$134||$63.52||$70.00||21%||$171.02|
|2012 Buick Enclave||$114||$44.11||$70.00||24%||$151.61|
|2008 Volvo V70||$142||$30.03||$112.00||29%||$202.03|
|2006 Cadillac STS||$124||$54.16||$70.00||23%||$161.66|
|2008 Audi TT Quattro||$133||$34.98||$98.00||28%||$185.48|
|2007 Chevrolet Corvette||$94||$23.96||$70.00||28%||$131.46|
The serpentine belt, also known as the drive belt, is a belt on a car engine that works with the idler, tensioner, and pulleys inside the accessory drive belt system. It provides power for the air conditioning, alternator, power steering, and sometimes the cooling system water pump. The serpentine belt is a critical part of this system, and once the engine is running, it continues to operate until the vehicle is shut off. Without a properly functioning serpentine belt, the engine may not run at all.
As a general rule, a serpentine belt lasts up to 50,000 miles or five years before it need to be replaced. Some can even last for up to 80,000 miles without any problems, but consult the owner's manual for exact service interval. Yet, over time, the serpentine belt will fail because of the heat and friction it is subjected to every day, and have to be replaced. If you suspect your serpentine belt is failing, watch out for the following symptoms:
If you notice a squealing noise coming from the front of your vehicle, it could be from the serpentine belt. This could be due to a slippage or misalignment. The only way to make the noise go away is to contact a professional mechanic and have them replace the serpentine/drive belt or diagnose the issue.
If the serpentine belt completely fails and breaks, then your car will break down. In addition, you will notice a loss of power steering, the air conditioning will not work, and the engine will no longer be able to be cooled like it should be. If the power steering fails when the vehicle is moving it could cause serious safety issues. Preventative maintenance is one way to make sure your belt does not break while you are driving.
Since the serpentine belt helps provide power to cool the engine, a failing belt can cause your engine to overheat as the water pump will not turn. As soon as your engine starts overheating, have it inspected by a mechanic because it can lead to a breakdown and cause damage to your engine if it is left to keep overheating.
It is a good idea to physically inspect your serpentine belt from time to time. Check for cracks, chunks missing, abrasions, rib separation, uneven rib wear, and damaged ribs. If you notice any of these, it is time to replace your serpentine/drive belt.
As soon as you notice a squealing noise, loss of power steering, the engine overheating, or the belt looks bad, call a mechanic immediately to diagnose the problem further. YourMechanic makes getting repairs to your serpentine/drive belt easy by coming to your location to diagnose or fix issues.