Q: Do you have to replace a serpintine belt if it gets antifreeze on from a waterpump?

asked by on

I'm being charged 3.5 hrs labor to dianoes and replace a waterpump. Will antifreeze ruin a serpintine belt? They say it does.

My car has 80000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Yes. Antifreeze will cause damage the rubber compound in the belts. If you do not replace it now then it will slip and may cause the water pump installer to not warranty the work.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Do you have to replace a serpintine belt if it gets antifreeze on from a waterpump?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When pressing gas pedal car starts to shake then stops when i let go

Hello, thank you for writing in. Due to the occurrence of your symptoms being related to the acceleration of the vehicle, it is likely that the vehicle is misfiring for one reason or another and causing an engine vibration. Misfires...

Q: ive replaced maf sensor throttle body sesnor plug wires spark plugs fuel filter thermostat upper radiator hose ignition head gaske

If the transmission is slipping then you would need to have the transmission pressure tested to see if the transmission needs to be overhauled due to bad internal clutches or torque converter.

Q: Car not starting.

There are a lot of reasons a car won't start from a dead battery to internal engine problems. An engine needs three things to run: spark, fuel and compression. A trained technician, such as one from YourMechanic, has the necessary...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...