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Question DetailsAsked on 7/20/2016

replace fan belt in auto

I need someone to change my auto fan belt

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Auto Service in the Auto section of Search the List would be your category to find well-rated and reviewed local auto service shops to do this.

If you have a quite old car with probably two belts - one V-belt (flattened-off tip V-shaped belt cross-section) around the fan/water pump pulley, the alternator pulley (football sized metal cylinder with colling fans and large cable to it off to side near top usually) and the crackshaft (at bottom feront of engine), and a separate V-belt from crackshaft usually going up in other direction around pulleys for power steering and maybe A/C )or sometimes a third belt for A/C), then you MIGHT trust a catch-all shop like a gas station or oilchange place or muffler place to change it. Typical replacement interval (though varies a lot car by car) about 4-8 years due to weathering cracking, or about 20-50,000 miles due to wear.

If a serpentine belt, which is a flat belt with 6-10 ridges on the back side and which almost all cars made in last 20 or more years have, which winds around pulleys using both its "top" and "bottom" (so some pulleys are smooth, some multi-grooved) on all the power takeoff points so around perhaps a half dozen smooth-faced or ribbed (with 6-10 grooves) pulley, I would go only to a dealer or an ASE certified repairman, because there are important tensioner adjustments to be made, and get it wrong and it can cause significant damage to your vehicle. Typical replacement interval about 5-10 years due to cracking or about 40-70,000 miles due to wear for normal life or older model belts, up to as long as 10-20 years and 100-150,000 miles for long-life belts. I understand there is even one GM model where the 150,000 miles is where they recommend starting every 10 or 20,000 mile inspections for wear.

Cost for siimple V fan belt change probably about $40-125 range from cheapest low labor cost gas station on up to dealers with normal private auto shjop probably slightly under $100, serpentine belt replacement probably around 50-75% more EXCEPT up to $500 range on a very few cars where the idiot designers made it so several power takeoff devices or even an engine mount have to be taken off to change the belt.

V-belt is a pretty easy DIY job if at all mechanically inclined - serpentine belt is non highly technical but you should have the shop manual of a Chilton's manual at least for the procedure and belt tensioning device tension to tighten to (or check for it having correct tension on self-tensioning makes).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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