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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 Manchester


9 Reviews

Carfix Manchester

Garage in Manchester, 10 years of experience

At Carfix Manchester, it’s our dedication that differentiates us from other car repair shops. We’re continuously training our team of mechanics to provide the highest levels of technical expertise for our cu...



9 Reviews

Blue Star Automotive

Mobile mechanic in Manchester, 16 years of experience

Having 16 years of experience and going in servicing and repairing vehicles to the highest standards and achieving all targets on time leaving all customers satisficed. Specializing on Mercedes brand but not...



27 Reviews

First Stop Cars Ltd

Garage in Manchester, 13 years of experience

We have experience Mechanic and Body repairer worked in well-known cooperation as Stagecoach (Mechanic) and Bentley (Body-repairer and painter) for over 13 years. We have challenged many obstacles in our lif...



21 Reviews

Gido Mobile Mechanic

Garage in Manchester, 14 years of experience

I have worked various organizations as motor vehicle Technician, Carrying out servicing, repairs and maintenance to high standards. • Inspecting vehicle engine and mechanical/electrical components to diagno...



79 Reviews

Collingham Autos Ltd

Garage in Manchester, 5 years of experience

We specialise in car repair and car servicing all carried out in our fully equipped garage 2 ramp garage. We are a family business and operate throughout the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester. We offer an exc...



767 Reviews

Jamies Mobile Mechanics

Garage serving Manchester, 14 years of experience

I started my apprenticeship when I left school at the age of 15. I’ve been fully qualified for 11+ years with NVQ level 1, 2 and 3. I’ve been an MOT tester for 10 years. Here at Jamie’s mobile mechanic w...



160 Reviews

Kpl Auto Services

Mobile mechanic serving Manchester, 22 years of experience

Here at KPL Auto services all aspects of work are carried out by myself to the highest standard. I have worked in the motor trade for 22 years since leaving school in 1998 and going straight into a mechanic...



143 Reviews

J Delaney Automotive

Garage serving Manchester, 19 years of experience

At J Delaney Mobile Mechanic we have 19 years experience working on all makes and models we do everything from a diagnostics inspection to clutch jobs mobile.



159 Reviews

Ps Autos Ltd

Garage serving Manchester, 20 years of experience

Do you require your car servicing in farnworth or car servicing in Bolton ? If so keep reading. You’re a busy person — don’t let car problems get in your way either that being a mot check or car servicing...



131 Reviews

Lmh Auto Services

Mobile mechanic serving Manchester, 16 years of experience

I did my apprenticeship with VW and stayed there for about 9 years. I moved on and went to BMW for a couple years before I decided I wanted to work for myself. I have been running my own mobile mechanic busi...



205 Reviews

A.M.S Tuning

Garage serving Manchester, 20 years of experience

Started when left school. Did training with YTS at Vauxhall main dealer in Bolton, then went on to national tyres, went on to charlie browns where I became a MOT tester. Worked at Honda in Bolton for 3 years...



23 Reviews

V.a.g Car Clinic

Garage serving Manchester, 12 years of experience

I began my career at Bates Car & Commercial in Padiham & completed my train to gain scheme which is the equivalent of NVQ Level 3 & I spent around 10 years in the business before moving on. My next move was...



88 Reviews

I G Repairs

Garage serving Manchester, 9 years of experience

Worked in many small garages for over 9 years under pressure to return customers cars repaired back to them as quickly as possible. Can carry out a wide variety off work on all cars and vans all work carried...



64 Reviews

NT Mechanic

Garage serving Manchester, 16 years of experience

I began my career with VW in Altrincham where I was for 4 years and completed my apprenticeship. I worked for an independent garage in Altrincham for around 2 years. I moved back into the main dealership sce...


Want to learn more about Drive Belt replacements in Manchester?

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 Manchester garages offer home collection and delivery for drive belt replacement?

Yes, many garages in Manchester 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 Manchester.

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

Yes, Manchester 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 Manchester?

The average cost of a Drive Belt replacement in Manchester is on average between £50 and £66. Ultimately the cost for a Drive Belt replacement in Manchester 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 Manchester. 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

£63 £79 - £140 Get exact price

Audi

£70 £87 - £153 Get exact price

Austin

£43 £92 - £94 Get exact price

Bentley

£62 £81 - £129 Get exact price

BMW

£77 £89 - £160 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£63 £74 - £139 Get exact price

Chrysler

£60 £73 - £132 Get exact price

Citroen

£61 £88 - £131 Get exact price

Dacia

£54 £92 - £110 Get exact price

Daewoo

£44 £67 - £106 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£43 £66 - £106 Get exact price

Daimler

£75 £132 - £132 Get exact price

Dodge

£56 £71 - £117 Get exact price

DS

£52 £94 - £110 Get exact price

Fiat

£52 £59 - £125 Get exact price

Ford

£63 £74 - £142 Get exact price

Honda

£84 £90 - £171 Get exact price

Hyundai

£46 £50 - £118 Get exact price

Infiniti

£84 £143 - £143 Get exact price

Isuzu

£36 £52 - £73 Get exact price

Iveco

£81 £98 - £162 Get exact price

Jaguar

£89 £115 - £169 Get exact price

Jeep

£78 £97 - £157 Get exact price

Kia

£51 £53 - £129 Get exact price

Lada

£18 £33 - £33 Get exact price

Land Rover

£70 £81 - £155 Get exact price

LDV

£55 £70 - £114 Get exact price

Lexus

£55 £61 - £126 Get exact price

Lotus

£92 £139 - £139 Get exact price

Maserati

£60 £99 - £113 Get exact price

Mazda

£67 £65 - £156 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£89 £98 - £207 Get exact price

MG

£50 £67 - £121 Get exact price

MINI

£65 £86 - £141 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£43 £52 - £108 Get exact price

Nissan

£55 £67 - £128 Get exact price

Perodua

£47 £98 - £98 Get exact price

Peugeot

£57 £69 - £129 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£37 £64 - £94 Get exact price

Piaggio

£34 £62 - £85 Get exact price

Porsche

£82 £107 - £173 Get exact price

Proton

£27 £53 - £53 Get exact price

Renault

£64 £94 - £135 Get exact price

Rover

£57 £74 - £144 Get exact price

Saab

£62 £69 - £137 Get exact price

SEAT

£61 £82 - £130 Get exact price

Skoda

£61 £81 - £132 Get exact price

Smart

£47 £62 - £114 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£91 £131 - £161 Get exact price

Subaru

£48 £56 - £110 Get exact price

Suzuki

£50 £74 - £114 Get exact price

Toyota

£59 £66 - £136 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£63 £78 - £136 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£58 £79 - £128 Get exact price

Volvo

£63 £61 - £142 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 Manchester

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.

£41.11

Power steering belt replacement

Nissan Micra
Manchester
£68.14

Auxiliary drive belt replacement

Audi A4
Manchester
£49.56

Fan belt replacement

Renault Grand Scenic
Manchester
£63.75

Auxiliary drive belt replacement

Ford Ka
Salford