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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: $85.00
Posted by: MarilynG G Berry in Beverly Hills, MI.Posted: February 12th, 2017 05:02AM
Mechanic or Shop: Personal mechanicType of Belt: Serpentine belt + tension belt
2002 Toyota highlander belts replaced... $21.99 for serpentine belt and $19.99 for tension belt from Auto Zone. My personal "shade tree" mechanic replaced for total of $85.
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Serpentine Belt/tensioner replaced
Amount: $365.00
Posted by: Ande in Kansas City, KS.Posted: February 3rd, 2017 11:02AM
Mechanic or Shop: Calvert ExpressType of Belt: 1 Belt and 2 tensioners
I feel like I paid too much for this but when you are at the mechanics mercy and don't know anything about cars you can only hope they are charging you a fair and honest price.
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replaced serpentine belt , replaced belt tensioner and replaced idler pulley
Amount: $55.00
Posted by: jowayne in winston salem, NC.Posted: January 5th, 2017 11:01AM
Mechanic or Shop: myselfType of Belt: serpentine
03 dodge grand caravan,in my opinion most of the shops rip you for this 1 hr job .items bought from rockauto- gates belt 14.00 idler pully 15.00 belt tensioner assembly 30.00.then jacked car up pass side took wheel off ,took off shield was able to get to the pulleys easy. layed down stuck wrench on tensioner released belt pressure removed the belt . then used 15mm socket removed idler pulley, then used 13 mm open end wrench removed belt tensioner assembly ,put idler on screwed bolt til tight , then put the belt tensioner on found notch on back side to position it . tighten 13 mm bolt .routed the new serp belt tensi across the top pulleys under the idler pulley on the bottom pushed the belt on the largest pully while holding the belt tensioner with my wrench. then checked all pulleys belt on correct . buttoned up the bottom of car the splash cover inside the wheel weld,couple of push pins an 1 10mm socket bolt. no noise,1 hour. 55 bucks total done easy I'm no mechanic just smart
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Serpentine belt
Amount: $193.00
Posted by: Trusty Gal in Manahawkin, NJ.Posted: January 4th, 2017 06:01PM
Mechanic or Shop: Auto dealerType of Belt: Serpentine
Came in for oil change. Urged by tech to have it replaced due to "dry rot." Took old belt to a couple of shops and told nothing wrong with it. Felt betrayed by dealer where I bought/serviced auto.
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Serpentine Belt Replacement
Amount: $120.00
Posted by: Tiffany T in Calumet City, IL.Posted: December 2nd, 2016 07:12AM
Mechanic or Shop: Chevy DealershipType of Belt: Serpentine
Didn't actually get the job done for my 2011 chevy eqinox just got a quote. Thought this will be helpful to someone else looking around
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Replaced idler pulley and 3 belts
Amount: $299.50
Posted by: jkamine in Watertown, MA.Posted: November 21st, 2016 10:11AM
Mechanic or Shop: Watertown, MAType of Belt:
Brought in my car, 1997 Honda LX as it had a whistling noise while driving.
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Serpentine Belt
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Steppie in Athens, GA.Posted: November 9th, 2016 04:11PM
Mechanic or Shop: Precision TuneType of Belt: Serpentine Belt
2004 Cadillac Escalade
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Timing belt+ all belts and water pump , 4 spark plugs and wires
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: Wayne LaPenna in Wethersfield woman, CT.Posted: November 1st, 2016 11:11AM
Mechanic or Shop: SelfType of Belt: Dayton
Did the work myself
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Serpentine Belt Replacement
Amount: $225.00
Posted by: moso in Plain City, OH.Posted: September 8th, 2016 07:09AM
Mechanic or Shop: E&R Tires PlusType of Belt: Serpentine Belt
Chevy Equinox 2005 had serpentine belt off because of cat caught in engine. Shop indicated belt was cracked and worn so it needed replaced as well as reattached. $61 for belt $165 for labor (labor cost seemed a bit over the top). I should have checked around b/c it seems this is way too much for the labor and the belt is overpriced too.
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Replace two Serpentine Belts - 2002 honda accord
Amount: $260.00
Posted by: Chris Overholt in Turnersville, NJ.Posted: July 29th, 2016 08:07AM
Mechanic or Shop: MienkeType of Belt: Serpentine
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serpentine belt & ac belt
Amount: $120.00
Posted by: [email protected] in FRESNO, CA.Posted: September 25th, 2015 11:09AM
Mechanic or Shop: car washType of Belt: ac and serpentine
Red carpet car wash certified mechanics did both belts 59.95 each and best part is they are guaranteed for as long as you own the cat free belt replacement. 09/2015
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Serine belt replacement
Amount: $167.63
Posted by: Lorraine Richey in Lake geneva, WI.Posted: August 9th, 2015 03:08AM
Mechanic or Shop: ShopType of Belt: Serpentine
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replace serpentine belt
Amount: $105.00
Posted by: casi in Las vegas, NV.Posted: July 24th, 2015 11:07AM
Mechanic or Shop: meinekeType of Belt: serpentine
On the higher end for repairs but I am not vomplaining.
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Cost of Belts & Labor
Amount: $190.33
Posted by: Alf1013 in Sarasota, FL.Posted: July 24th, 2015 04:07AM
Mechanic or Shop: FirestoneType of Belt: 2 Poly belts
I see a charge for removal & replace power steering pump drive belt but I was shown and see only 2 belts this job was just done 2 days ago
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Serpentine belt
Amount: $147.00
Posted by: Slickpoison in eagan, MN.Posted: July 20th, 2015 03:07PM
Mechanic or Shop: NTB Eagan mnType of Belt: Serpentine belt and ac belt
They wanted to charge 215.00, ended up getting them to come down to 147, took him to offers to come down that much though. Repair shops like to try and scam, always try to get the price lowered.
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Serpentine Belt Replacement
Amount: $26.00
Posted by: Derek Hutchinson in Bushkill, PA.Posted: July 13th, 2015 06:07PM
Mechanic or Shop: DIYType of Belt: Serpentine Belt
2009 Mazda 6 I Grand Touring 2.5L.
Gates belt Purchased at NAPA Auto Store. Fairly easy job...Jack up car onto safety stands, remove right front wheel, remove plastic splash guard to access tension pully, used long handled ratchet to relieve tension off belt, pulled belt off. Reverse procedure to place new belt on.
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serpentine belt and belt tension pulley
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: babyfaced nelson in Providence, RI.Posted: April 25th, 2015 08:04AM
Mechanic or Shop: a Dominican shopType of Belt: Duralast
He changed the serpentine belt in tension belt pulley..and another Pulley I have no clue what it was.. it was done to a 1997 Lincoln Continental.
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Belt replacement
Amount: $140.00
Posted by: EClark85 in Rochester, MN.Posted: April 22nd, 2015 09:04AM
Mechanic or Shop: Joes AutoType of Belt: Serpentine
A little high compared to some other rates I called around for, but I had other maintenance I needed done where they were considerably cheaper so it all worked out. Also, my Pontiac didn't need a special belt...I'm not sure who's pulling that other guys leg about a GM product.
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Serpentine belt, and belt tensioner replacement
Amount: $327.00
Posted by: Apkane in Oviedo, FL.Posted: March 24th, 2015 06:03AM
Mechanic or Shop: PepboysType of Belt: Drive Rite
2003 mercury sable
Drive Rite Serpentine Belt $62.98
Dayco belt tensioner assy $95.13
Labor $108
extended labor $18.36
shop fee $21.21
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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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2 serpentine belts replaced
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: wordgirl in Edmond, OK.Posted: July 4th, 2014 12:07PM
Mechanic or Shop: jiffy lubeType of Belt:
I know nothing about cars, so I am not sure if I got ripped off or not.
1996 Honda accord
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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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