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Old 02-17-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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Has any on replaced one yet? This would be on a 4cly Auto.
Any Idea of cost? Part # ? Looks like a pain in the **s to do. With 80,000 miles, I am thinking I should replace it.
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[quote author=springer03 link=topic=136558.msg2943149#msg2943149 date=1234907615]
Has any on replaced one yet? This would be on a 4cly Auto.
Any Idea of cost? Part # ? Looks like a pain in the **s to do. With 80,000 miles, I am thinking I should replace it.
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Is the belt in bad condition? How often to they fail? I think dealers push this but I rarely hear issues about belts failing. Just curious.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:37 AM   #3
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Mine is not cracked that I can see. But the top of the belt (non grooved) part. Does show some wear and I do hear a little chirp out of it once in awhile.
Dealer wants $150.00 labor and around $60.00 for the belt. I planned on changing it out myself.
But there is no way my hand are going to be able to get in that area. It's a tight fit. Dealer said they take the tire and inner fender welll off to do it. If thats true than that explains the labor cost.
I may just have to bite it on this one and have the dealer do it. I was hoping some one here would have done this and could give me some advice. Iam no rookie when it comes to working on these things but this looks like it could be one heck of a job. I am holding out until spring and warm weather so I can get the car up in the air I can get under give it one more good look. I just can't be that hard to do.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:21 AM   #4
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I've changed my belt already at about 60k miles. I'm looking to change it again as I used a Dayco belt and I'm hearing sqeaking again. I'll most likely go with the Goodyear Gatorback belt. It's not that hard to change it either. You just take the front right tire off and remove the plastic shield and it's right there. It took me about 2 hours to change it.

If you need more info, I can send you the section from the service manual.
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Thanks for the information. What you said and what the dealer said are the same.
So I will give it go here in a couple weeks. Since the factory belt seems to have held up for 80,000 plus miles I will replace with another factory belt. Now I am wondering about replacing the idle pulley and the tensioner pulley. You know since I have it apart. What do you think?
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[quote author=springer03 link=topic=136558.msg3027725#msg3027725 date=1238450624]
Thanks for the information. What you said and what the dealer said are the same.
So I will give it go here in a couple weeks. Since the factory belt seems to have held up for 80,000 plus miles I will replace with another factory belt. Now I am wondering about replacing the idle pulley and the tensioner pulley. You know since I have it apart. What do you think?
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Hi springer. No need to replace those pulleys. A waste of time and money.

Kind of like pulling your teeth just because you have your mouth open to brush them. :shock:

Those pulleys are essentially good for the life of the vehicle.

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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[quote author=NS4683 link=topic=136558.msg3026551#msg3026551 date=1238426497]
I've changed my belt already at about 60k miles. I'm looking to change it again as I used a Dayco belt and I'm hearing sqeaking again. I'll most likely go with the Goodyear Gatorback belt. It's not that hard to change it either. You just take the front right tire off and remove the plastic shield and it's right there. It took me about 2 hours to change it.

If you need more info, I can send you the section from the service manual.
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Holy crap :shock: 2 hours to change a belt. When I had my Taurus it only took me like 5 minutes. Man these cars are getting less and less roomy in the engine bay.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:02 AM   #8
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dealers would really only push the belt if it was cracked but would usually change it around 100k, if not squeaking or cracked i wouldnt worry about it all. just not worth the money or the time till you need to do it
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[quote author=20louie06 link=topic=136558.msg3033025#msg3033025 date=1238635604]
[quote author=NS4683 link=topic=136558.msg3026551#msg3026551 date=1238426497]
I've changed my belt already at about 60k miles.  I'm looking to change it again as I used a Dayco belt and I'm hearing sqeaking again.  I'll most likely go with the Goodyear Gatorback belt.  It's not that hard to change it either.  You just take the front right tire off and remove the plastic shield and it's right there.  It took me about 2 hours to change it.

If you need more info, I can send you the section from the service manual.
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Holy crap :shock: 2 hours to change a belt. When I had my Taurus it only took me like 5 minutes. Man these cars are getting less and less roomy in the engine bay.
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The second time around it should be less since I know how to do it now.  That time was the first time I ever changed the belt before, so I was extra careful and double and triple checked everything.  The hardest part was removing the plastic fasteners from the splash shield.

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Mine was squeaking pretty badly around 60,000km... Took it to the dealer to have it replaced. If I'm not mistaken it was ~$35 for the belt and ~an hour labour... All in all I believe the total was ~$110.

Now only 5000 km later I'm seem to be starting to get another squeak... And I'm not too happy about it.
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