I just took my 2000 Ranger XL V6, with only 20,000 miles on it (it only goes
6 miles a day) in to the dealer for an oil change and they said that my
Serpentine Valve needed to be replaced. Now I thought I had heard
everything, but I have no idea what this is...Serpentine Chain yes, but
Any insight would be appreciated.
I suspect you may have misheard what the service rep (or mechanic) said.
Automobile service companies invariably look for additional reasons to
extract more profits from your wallet (or plastic). While they are
rarely altruistic, they do often perform additional maintenance that is
to your benefit. If the mechanic was only changing your oil, he/she very
likely would have noted on the service order that your SERPENTINE BELT
could use replacing.
I generally replace serpentine belts at about 25,000 miles. I would not
consider 20,000 miles excessively premature.
Val Cason wrote:
Hmmm... I changed the belt on my 95 Taurus at 140Kmiles... bought the car 5
years ago at 43kmiles,, of course the belt MIGHT have been changed prior to
And I only did that because I was changing the water pump... saw only the
minor flex cracks on the ribs,, no sections of rib cover missing. Uniform
small cracks on underside are like wrinkles on your face. They dont mean you
ONE of the reasons for using serp belts is because they wore better and used
less power due to flex than the old v's... and that's true.
And v's lasted over 40 k before they were in danger of breaking.
IF you had experienced a problem, producing belt squeal - like a locked
alternator - THEN you might have premature wear.
So.. think they were shining you on?
I bought a 84 CV wagon with 97,000 miles & a serpentine belt with big chunks
out of it, And I ran it for another 65,000 miles before replacing it. (had
spare in the back) Not that it needed replacing, I was told by the guy
inspecting the car for the state ins.it would not pass . So I grabbed the
one in the back and said I'll be back after I put this on.
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