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

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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.

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