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How Much Does Serpentine Belt Replacement Cost?

 
average costBelt: $25-$75high costLabor: $35-$120
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A serpentine belt drives vital engine components such as the water pump, alternator, power-steering pump and air-conditioning compressor. The belt, named serpentine because it winds through the front of the engine in a snake-like manner, replaces the system of multiple belts that was common on older vehicles.

Typical costs:

  • Hiring a mechanic to replace a serpentine belt typically costs about $60-$200 or more. This includes $25-$75 for the belt plus half an hour to an hour of labor, at $75-$120 per hour. The job could even take longer on some vehicles, if the belt is difficult to access or install quickly. RepairPal allows drivers to get an online estimate[1] based on their location and the year, make and model of the car.
  • Purchased separately, a serpentine belt typically costs $10-$75. For example, national chain Napa Auto Parts[2] stocks several serpentine belts starting at $10.
Related articles: Replacing a Timing Belt, Replacing a Timing Chain, Replacing a Transmission, Replacing a Water Pump, Towing a Car

What should be included:
  • If a serpentine belt breaks, certain systems in the car may shut down, so experts recommend that a belt be replaced early, especially if it shows signs of cracking or wear. If possible, it is best to get an estimate before approving any work. However, if the belt has failed, the car may not run.
  • Replacing a serpentine belt can be done either by a skilled do-it-yourselfer or a professional repair technician. Popular Mechanics explains how to replace a serpentine belt[3] .
Additional costs:
  • A failed belt could require the vehicle to be towed, which can cost more than $200, depending on the distance.
  • A technician may find other repairs he or she would like to perform. These repairs could include any damaged or worn parts a technician may find or any factory-recommended maintenance an owner has overlooked.
  • If any pulleys, such as the idler pulley[4] , need to be replaced, that could cost an extra $13-$33 for the part.
Discounts:
  • Some repair shops might offer a discount on repairs for regular customers, usually about 10%. For example, some shops give discounts to AAA members[5] .
Shopping for serpentine belt replacement:
  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a non-profit trade group for technicians and other automotive service professionals, has a searchable directory[6] of certified shops.
  • Serpentine Belts are also available at national retailers such as Napa Auto Parts[7] and online retailers such as Auto Parts Warehouse[8] .
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Serpentine Belt Replacement
Amount: $58.50
Posted by: Luis F. in Boulder, CO.Posted: December 6th, 2014 10:12AM
Mechanic or Shop: Chuy's Auto RepairType of Belt: Power Steering
Job performed to a Ford Escort 1986 2 Dr. Hatchback with 1.9 Lt. Engine
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Serpentine Belt Replacement - Freehold, NJ
Amount: $117.86
Posted by: Rich Freehold, NJ in Freehold, NJ.Posted: November 25th, 2014 07:11AM
Mechanic or Shop: GoodyearType of Belt: Serpentine Belt
Parts: 40.94
Labor: 66.00
Supplies: 3.21
Tax: 7.71
Total: 117.86
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Serpentine Belt Replacement
Amount: $18.00
Posted by: jsiii in Artesia, CA.Posted: November 5th, 2013 02:11PM
Mechanic or Shop: DIYType of Belt: Dayco
Replaced serpentine belt on '93 Crown Victoria. Straightforward installtion with routing diagram on the engine cowling. There are also diagrams online. Just needed a bar with 1/2" to lever the tensioner pulley to finish the belt installation. I change belts every 6 years and take the old one and toss in the trunk as emergency part. With all due respect to the other posting, I checked the belt prices for the 2006 Pontiac at Rockauto.com and the Dayco, Gates, Goodyear and ACDelco serpentine belts are all under $20. You're at the mercy of the shop you take your vehicle into.
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Serpentine Belt Replacement
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: rjfallon in Glens Falls, NY.Posted: May 24th, 2013 10:05AM
Mechanic or Shop: Type of Belt: Serpentine
Brought 2006 Pontiac Torrent in for a squealing belt, and they replaced the serpentine belt for $125. Was originally quoted $99, but the Pontiac required a unique belt.
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External Resources:
  1.  repairpal.com/estimator?car_type_id=2590
  2.  www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Result.aspx?Ntt=serpentine+belts&Ntk=Keyword&Nty=1&Dn=0&D=se...
  3.  www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/maintenance/4311197
  4.  www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Idler-Pulley/_/N-8gd4q?filterByKeyWord=idler+pulley&fro...
  5.  www.aaa.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/ZipCode.woa/wa/route?rclub=065&stop=yes&rurl=www.our...
  6.  www.ase.com/Landing-Pages/Car-Owners/Find-a-Repair-Shop/Shop-Locator.aspx
  7.  www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Result.aspx?Ntt=serpentine+belts&Ntk=Keyword&Nty=1&Dn=0&D=se...
  8.  www.autopartswarehouse.com/search/?searchType=global&N=0&Ntt=serpentine+belts&submit=
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