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Serpentine/Drive Belt Replacement Estimate for Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander Serpentine/Drive Belt Replacement costs $120 on average.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2007 Toyota HighlanderL4-2.4LService typeSerpentine/Drive Belt ReplacementEstimate$169.87Shop/Dealer Price$206.97 - $288.17
2004 Toyota HighlanderL4-2.4LService typeSerpentine/Drive Belt ReplacementEstimate$169.87Shop/Dealer Price$207.03 - $288.27
2010 Toyota HighlanderV6-3.5LService typeSerpentine/Drive Belt ReplacementEstimate$196.33Shop/Dealer Price$238.14 - $334.93
2013 Toyota HighlanderV6-3.5LService typeSerpentine/Drive Belt ReplacementEstimate$196.33Shop/Dealer Price$239.35 - $337.05
2016 Toyota HighlanderV6-3.5LService typeSerpentine/Drive Belt ReplacementEstimate$151.07Shop/Dealer Price$185.21 - $253.61
2008 Toyota HighlanderV6-3.3L HybridService typeSerpentine/Drive Belt ReplacementEstimate$218.51Shop/Dealer Price$266.61 - $383.41
2001 Toyota HighlanderL4-2.4LService typeSerpentine/Drive Belt ReplacementEstimate$169.87Shop/Dealer Price$203.88 - $282.75
2003 Toyota HighlanderL4-2.4LService typeSerpentine/Drive Belt ReplacementEstimate$169.87Shop/Dealer Price$206.39 - $287.16
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What is a serpentine belt and how does it work?

A serpentine belt is a relatively long, flat, multi-ribbed belt that is driven by the engine’s crankshaft pulley. The belt drives many, and often all, of the engine accessories such as the alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, water pump, and air pump. The serpentine belt is tensioned by a hydraulic or spring-loaded automatic tensioner. Some older cars use a serpentine belt to drive most accessories but will also have a shorter v-style belt to drive, for example, the power steering pump.

Belts

When to consider replacing the serpentine belt:

  • Regularly scheduled maintenance. Typically, belt manufacturers recommend belt replacement at 90,000 miles. However, the belt must be inspected for wear or damage at regular intervals prior to this high mileage.
  • Squealing noise, belt slippage, visible belt damage. Should the belt fail or wear out prematurely, you may hear noise or you may see visible signs of deterioration such as missing chunks of rubber, excessive cracking, or a shredded appearance on the edge of the belt.
  • Battery Light. A loose belt, perhaps caused by a defective tensioner, may not drive the alternator at adequate speed and thus the battery may discharge, causing the warning light to illuminate.
  • Engine overheating. Often, the serpentine belt drives the water pump. In those applications, if the belt breaks the engine will overheat in seconds to minutes. If the belt is inadequately tensioned, you may notice higher-than-normal engine operating temperature.

How do mechanics replace the serpentine belt?

  • Prior to removing the belt, the mechanic must run the engine to determine if the idler pulley and the belt tensioner are noise-free. Those rotating components have grease filled bearings and are subject to wear. In addition, the mechanic will ensure that all pulleys and accessories are turning in the same plane. These steps help make sure your new belt will operate trouble-free for its full-service life.
  • The belt’s routing path through the various components is noted. The belt tensioner is released, usually with a wrench or lever, to release the tension from the belt. With the tension off, the belt slides off the pulleys.
  • All rotating components — that is the alternator, air conditioner compressor, etc. — are checked for smooth operation and no noise.
  • If everything checks out, the new belt is slipped over all of the pulleys while holding the tensioner away from the belt. Once the belt is centered on all pulleys, the tensioner is released and the installation is complete. The engine is run to ensure normal operation.

Is it safe to drive with a serpentine belt problem?

No. Should the belt have visible damage, you risk unexpected and sudden breakage that could potentially leave you stranded. Serpentine belt problems that result in the alternator not charging may cause the battery to discharge, which will result in loss of electrical power to the vehicle. Additionally, if a deteriorated belt breaks and that belt drives the water pump, the engine will overheat in a matter of seconds.

When replacing the serpentine belt keep in mind:

  • On many cars, the expected service life of a serpentine belt is around 90,000 miles. Should the belt fail well prior to that, a very careful inspection should be performed to check for out-of-alignment pulleys, a possibly out-of-position crankshaft harmonic balancer on which the drive pulley is mounted, binding pulleys, or a defective belt tensioner.
  • Attention should always be given to serpentine belt routing, since proper routing is critical to proper belt tension, and function of the driven components.
  • Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish serpentine belt related noise from other engine noises. In these cases, a mechanic will determine the origin of the noise by momentarily running the engine without the serpentine belt attached.

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YourMechanic Toyota Highlander Serpentine/Drive Belt Replacement Service

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Scott

33 years of experience
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Scott
33 years of experience
Very professional and efficient!
2004 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER - SERPENTINE/DRIVE BELT - GILBERT, ARIZONA

Joseph

24 years of experience
351 reviews
Joseph
24 years of experience
Joseph is great. He is on time and even earlier than expected. My car has a stubborn bolt that wouldn't open for him to change the belts. He didn't give up and his persistent efforts fixed the problem after getting a more powerful tool. I am greatly appreciate that he tried to do the right way by coming back with the right tool.
2002 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER - SERPENTINE/DRIVE BELT - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Grzegorz

38 years of experience
440 reviews
Grzegorz
38 years of experience
Excellent service and so convenient. I will definitely use Greg again! I believe he did a more thorough job than Toyota normally does on a major service for more money.
2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER - SERPENTINE/DRIVE BELT - SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA

Joel

18 years of experience
562 reviews
Joel
18 years of experience
Joel arrived a few minutes early and I love the feature where you get messaged when he's on the way and you can even track him! He was very professional and got right to work replacing the serpentine/drive belt. Even though Toyota makes it difficult to replace the belts on a Highlander, he was very proficient and done under an hour. He also did diagnostics at no extra charge and recommended other services(with quotes), but didn't try and sell me. Instead, he was very honest in letting me know that the recommended services weren't urgent, but something I need to address long term. Very satisfied with the service and a big thank you for saving the Fam Vacation!:)
2002 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER - SERPENTINE/DRIVE BELT REPLACEMENT - JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

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