Q: I want to replace my serpentine belt.

asked by on

I have found my manual belt tensioner and I used a socket wrench to loosen the bolt holding it in. But it was so tight that I broke my wrench trying to loosen it and have left my old belt on there since.

My car has 58000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

You were correct to try and loosen the tensioner pulley bolt and then loosen the side adjusting bolt to loosen the belt for removal. If you broke the tool you used to try and loosen the pulley bolt then you may have to purchase a good quality tool or have someone do it for you. The belt is very simple to change once you remove the right tire and inner fender cover to access the belt and pulley. I recommend you contact a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to come to you and change the belt for you. This way you do not break any more tools and so you know that it is done correctly by a qualified mechanic.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. I want to replace my serpentine belt.

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: Hi. Just got an estimate to replace the AC compression hose on my 2012 GMC Acadia. Just wondering how much you think it should co

Hi there. It's really hard for us to answer that accurately as we don't know what was included in the price quote you just received and where this service is going to be completed. This type of service job can...

Q: Car will not start when its cold.

Hello: The cold start injector, also referred to as the cold start valve, is an engine management component found on many road going vehicles. It’s purpose is to supply the engine with additional fuel to enrich the fuel mixture in...

Q: Nasty glare coming from my side mirrors

The glare you are getting is not the outside mirrors causing it. The glare is coming from the dash and a/c vents reflecting the sun onto the inside of the glass of the door windows in certain sun angles. The...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.