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Drive belts are also called auxiliary belts or serpentine belts.

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Recent Drive Belt Replacement Mechanic Reviews in Bristol


369 Reviews

L&G Auto Mobile Mechanic

Garage in Bristol, 24 years of experience

I began my career on the YTS scheme through an independent Ford garage. I spent some time working in independent garages gaining experience on a range of makes & models. I moved into a dealership environmen...



158 Reviews

Westbourne Motors

Garage in Bristol, 53 years of experience

The Company’s Roadside Assistance brand is now the preferred choice for the South of England and has become synonymous with efficiency, punctuality and courtesy resulting in all the major motoring organisati...



47 Reviews

Carcraft

Garage in Bristol, 40 years of experience

Carcraft Servicing and repairs has been operating since 1980 The garage offers a 5 bay workshop and an additional MOT bay for class 4 testing. We offer alloy and steel welding inc alloy wheel repairs , servi...



22 Reviews

The Mot Station

Garage in Bristol, 10 years of experience

The MOT Station has been around for 10 years but has had a name change but still offers the same great service and is ran by Simon Trotman, The MOT Station offers full workshop facilities with a 3 ramp work...



78 Reviews

Akb

Mobile mechanic in Bristol, 25 years of experience

I began my mechanic career with an Austin Rover dealership and in my time there it changed to Rover and I worked in the business for around 4 years. For a number of years I worked in various businesses doing...



39 Reviews

K And C Garage

Garage in Bristol, 14 years of experience

K & C Garage was formed in 2015 by Matt Roxburgh. Owner Matt has been in the trade for over 15 years working in various garages and comes with a wealth of experience and the team are all fully qualified to c...


11th March 2017

MIKE, Bristol

Fiat Doblo • Alternator belt replacement


347 Reviews

Dwmechanics

Mobile mechanic serving Bristol, 21 years of experience

I completed my apprenticeship at Brunel Ford in Bristol for around 4 years before moving to Mercedes and Vauxhall respectively to gain valuable knowledge and understand different makes & models of cars. I h...



105 Reviews

Ac Automotive Wiltshire LTD

Garage serving Bristol, 10 years of experience

I began my career studying at City of Bristol College to gain my NVQ qualifications. My first role was with All About Bikes in Bristol for over 3 years before moving to Porsche Mode for 12 months then onto a...



296 Reviews

Matts Mobile Mechanics

Garage serving Bristol, 18 years of experience

I have been in the trade for well over 10 years in the trade and have gained all my experience within the trade throughout that time. I began at M&L Motors in Mitcham Junction, Surrey for 3 years then I move...



29 Reviews

CURBSIDE REPAIRS

Garage serving Bristol, 22 years of experience

Curbside repairs are a local, highly reliable mobile mechanic service offering complete range of car maintenance repairs at your door step road side or work place. All makes and models of cars, vans, MPV’s a...



303 Reviews

Eastlake Garage

Garage serving Bristol, 14 years of experience

Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team are committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat ...



27 Reviews

Pascoe Group LTD T/A Gwent M.O.T Station

Garage serving Bristol, 8 years of experience

Having worked within the motor industry for 7+ years, I now work at a Class 4 Mot Centre that provides top quality Servicing, Car Repairs, Car MOT's, Welding, Exhaust, Brakes, Cam Belts, Clutch Replacement, ...



76 Reviews

Spinning Wheel Auto

Mobile mechanic serving Bristol, 28 years of experience

I began my career with a local garage when I left school in 1988 and in 1994 I moved to Australia and worked in a European specialist car garage for a few years before moving to work with Lamborghini for 8...



50 Reviews

JS Racing & Servicing

Mobile mechanic serving Bristol, 8 years of experience

I qualified as a mechanic 20 years ago. I have worked on a wide range of makes of vehicles both in the Czech Republic and the UK. I specialise in VAG vehicles (VW, Audi and Skoda), though I can repair almos...


Want to learn more about Drive Belt replacements in Bristol?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What is an auxiliary drive belt?

The auxiliary drive belt or serpentine belt drives the range of ancillary components used by the vehicle, which can include the alternator, power steering, air conditioning compressor, water pump and still in some rare cases, the cooling fan.

This belt is often mistaken for the timing belt. The essential thing is, if you can see the belt, it's not the timing belt, it's the auxiliary drive belt.

What does a drive belt replacement involve?

As there are a number of different processes that are required for different engines, some or all of the following procedures will apply;

  • Mechanic will check for an unusual noise coming from the engine.
  • Mechanic will inspect the auxiliary drive tensioner and other belt pulleys.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will then replace the serpentine belt tensioner.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced, like the auxiliary belt itself.
  • Mechanic will test the auxiliary drive belt system.
  • Mechanic will make any adjustments if necessary.

Can I replace a serpentine belt myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend an auxiliary drive belt or serpentine belt replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the signs of a bad serpentine belt?

Typical symptoms of a problematic drive belt include;

  • When there is a squeaking noise coming from the engine bay.
  • When the steering becomes heavy (PAS pump is not being turned).
  • When the battery warning light is on (alternator is not being turned).
  • When the engine temperature light is on (water pump is not being turned).
  • Any combination of the above!

How long will an auxiliary drive belt or serpentine belt replacement take?

An auxiliary drive belt or serpentine belt replacement usually takes under 1 hour, but can take more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should engine auxiliary belts be replaced?

Auxiliary belts or serpentine belts will need replacing as per the manufacturer's guidelines. Unfortunately it is one of the most common causes of roadside breakdowns and mechanics are constantly being called out to replace them.

Can I drive with a bad serpentine belt?

If you suspect there is any issue with your serpentine or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect and do not drive the vehicle. There is a risk that a bad serpentine belt will snap, ultimately leaving you stranded and potentially causing harm to the engine.

When should drive belt be replaced?

Auxiliary drive belts or serpentine belts should be replaced as per the manufacturer's guidelines, this can vary depending on your vehicle's make and model. Auxiliary drive belts are expected to last several years, and can last as long as 100,000 miles.

If you experience an issue with the auxiliary drive belt and are not sure whether it needs replacing then it is advisable to get help from a professional mechanic. They can identify exactly which part is at fault and advise on next steps.

Can you drive with a broken alternator belt?

If your alternator belt is broken, then do not drive the vehicle as it lead to further engine damage and will leave you stranded. Book with a professional mechanic immediate effect to check the issue and get advise on next steps.

What happens when the auxiliary belt breaks?

If the auxiliary belt breaks the components that are run off the belt will not be able to turn. Depending on your vehicle make and model it can be that alternator is no longer turned, the PAS pump will not be turned, the water pump and air con compressor will not be turned.

How do you know if a pulley is misaligned?

Often a chirping noise can point to a misaligned pulley, however can be tricky to distinguish a misaligned pulley from other related problems like a misaligned belt as the symptoms and accompanying sounds are very similar. If you suspect there is any issue with a pulley or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic as soon as possible, driving the vehicle may lead to further complications or damage.

When should a power steering belt be replaced?

Power steering belts (or serpentine belts) are expected to last several years, and as can last as long as 100,000 miles. Power steering belts are nowadays in most cases not a separate belt, but are known as a serpentine belt which also drives various other ancillary components used by the vehicle. The belt should be replaced as per the manufacturer's guidelines, this can vary depending on your vehicle's make and model.

How do I know if my alternator belt is bad?

Alternator belts (or serpentine belts) are expected to last several years, and as can last as long as 100,000 miles. Alternator belts are nowadays known as a serpentine belt which also drives various other ancillary components used by the vehicle and is not a separate belt. The belt should be replaced as per the manufacturer's guidelines, this can vary depending on your vehicle's make and model.

How do I know if my fan belt is bad?

Fan belts (nowadays alternator are driven by a serpentine belt) are expected to last several years, and as can last as long as 100,000 miles. The belt that drives the alternator nowadays also drives various other ancillary components used by the vehicle and is not a separate belt and is known as a serpentine belt. The belt should be replaced as per the manufacturer's guidelines, this can vary depending on your vehicle's make and model.

How long can you drive with a bad idler pulley?

If you suspect there is any issue with your idley pulley or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect and do not drive the vehicle. Driving with a faulty idler pulley is not advisable as it can lead to lead further complications on your vehicle and potentially further damage.

Is a worn auxiliary drive belt or serpentine belt an MOT failure?

No, a worn auxiliary drive belt or serpentine belt is not an MOT failure. It is not checked during an MOT as it is not a safety-critical item.

Is the drive belt checked during an MOT test?

No, the drive belt or the serpentine belt is not checked during an MOT test. However, as it is a critical part of keeping the car runnning, it's a good idea to inspect it for signs of wear and tear, especially if the car is older than 5 years.

Can a drive belt or serpentine belt deteriorate with age?

Yes, a serpentine belt can deteriorate with age. The belt can crack and fray, and the pulleys can wear down.

What is the average life of a drive belt?

The average lifespan of a drive belt is expected to be between 50,000 - 100,000 miles. Modern cars have drive belts that are made from more durable material that can last longer than the ones on the older cars. Ultimately, how long the drive belt will last depends on a number of factors such as the car and driving habits.

What causes a drive belt to break?

The most common reason for a drive belt to break is simply age and wear. As the belt gets older, it can become brittle and cracked, which can cause it to snap. Other reasons why a drive belt can break include:
* Defective belt tensioner
* Pulley misalignment
* Defective bearings in the tensioner
* Other defective accessories driven by the drive belt

Can Bristol garages offer home collection and delivery for drive belt replacement?

Yes, many garages in Bristol are able to offer collection and delivery for a drive belt replacement. With ClickMechanic collection & delivery is free if your vehicle is drivable. Once booked a mechanic will pick up the vehicle on the day and time of your choice, do the work, and return the vehicle at a time convenient to you. Simply enter your vehicle registration number and postcode to get an upfront price for a drive belt replacement in Bristol.

Can Bristol mobile mechanics do drive belt replacement at my home or office?

Yes, Bristol mobile mechanics can do a drive belt replacement at your home or office, provided there is a safe and sufficient space to conduct the repair or replacement. With ClickMechanic, once booked for a date and time of your choice, your booking will be offered to vetted mobile mechanics in your area.

How much does a Drive Belt replacement cost in Bristol?

The average cost of a Drive Belt replacement in Bristol is on average between £54 and £70. Ultimately the cost for a Drive Belt replacement in Bristol depends on the make and model of your car. Check out the ClickMechanic price below, and find out what you'd pay at a franchise dealer in Bristol. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying.

These estimates may include Alternator drive/serpentine belt tensioner, Alternator drive/serpentine belt, Auxiliary drive belt/s, Auxiliary drive belt tensioner, Power steering drive belt/s, Fan drive/serpentine belt tensioner, Power steering drive/serpentine belt tensioner, Power steering drive/serpentine belt idler/guide pulley and/or Fan drive/serpentine belt. We have quotes for the top 55 manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£67 £86 - £153 Get exact price

Audi

£74 £94 - £167 Get exact price

Austin

£48 £105 - £107 Get exact price

Bentley

£66 £88 - £141 Get exact price

BMW

£81 £96 - £173 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£67 £80 - £151 Get exact price

Chrysler

£64 £79 - £145 Get exact price

Citroen

£66 £96 - £144 Get exact price

Dacia

£59 £102 - £122 Get exact price

Daewoo

£48 £74 - £118 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£47 £73 - £119 Get exact price

Daimler

£80 £145 - £145 Get exact price

Dodge

£59 £76 - £128 Get exact price

DS

£57 £105 - £123 Get exact price

Fiat

£56 £64 - £138 Get exact price

Ford

£67 £81 - £155 Get exact price

Honda

£88 £96 - £183 Get exact price

Hyundai

£50 £54 - £131 Get exact price

Infiniti

£89 £155 - £155 Get exact price

Isuzu

£39 £57 - £79 Get exact price

Iveco

£85 £105 - £175 Get exact price

Jaguar

£93 £123 - £182 Get exact price

Jeep

£82 £105 - £169 Get exact price

Kia

£55 £57 - £141 Get exact price

Lada

£20 £37 - £37 Get exact price

Land Rover

£74 £88 - £168 Get exact price

LDV

£58 £76 - £125 Get exact price

Lexus

£58 £66 - £137 Get exact price

Lotus

£95 £147 - £147 Get exact price

Maserati

£64 £109 - £124 Get exact price

Mazda

£71 £71 - £168 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£94 £107 - £225 Get exact price

MG

£54 £74 - £134 Get exact price

MINI

£70 £93 - £155 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£46 £57 - £120 Get exact price

Nissan

£58 £74 - £140 Get exact price

Perodua

£52 £111 - £111 Get exact price

Peugeot

£61 £75 - £142 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£41 £73 - £107 Get exact price

Piaggio

£38 £70 - £96 Get exact price

Porsche

£87 £117 - £187 Get exact price

Proton

£30 £59 - £59 Get exact price

Renault

£68 £104 - £148 Get exact price

Rover

£62 £82 - £160 Get exact price

Saab

£66 £74 - £150 Get exact price

SEAT

£65 £89 - £142 Get exact price

Skoda

£65 £88 - £145 Get exact price

Smart

£51 £68 - £127 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£96 £140 - £174 Get exact price

Subaru

£51 £61 - £121 Get exact price

Suzuki

£54 £82 - £126 Get exact price

Toyota

£62 £71 - £148 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£67 £84 - £149 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£63 £86 - £141 Get exact price

Volvo

£66 £64 - £154 Get exact price

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Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a drive belt replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Drive Belt replacement quotes in Bristol

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£84.15

Alternator belt replacement

Volkswagen Golf
Bristol
£140.13

Alternator belt tensioner replacement

Renault Grand Espace
Bristol
£173.00

Auxiliary drive belt tensioner replacement

Ford Transit
Bristol
£56.75

Auxiliary drive belt replacement

Ford Focus
Bristol