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Old 06-25-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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Default Alternator blelt and AC belt destroyed in under 10k miles?!

I had my Alternator belt and AC belt replaced at a big Subaru dealership 10k miles ago (1.5 years ago) and paid $36 parts, $190 in labor and they're both shredded. Should the dealership pay for both, ie. is it still under some type of warranty of service? To be honest the belts have been making some noise for quite some time, I just havent been using the car much and now without an alternator running I have very limited miles to get this annoying stuff fixed

EDIT - if dealership doesn't pay for this is it worth it going through SOA? belts lasted me 73k before the fix, 10k and they're snapped sounds likes BS
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:19 PM   #2
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They really stuck it to you on the labor. Belts are very easy on these cars. Its possible that the tech overtightened the belts causing them to wear. Best advice would be to replace them yourself.
Most dealers and independent shops will warranty parts and labor for 12 months or 12k miles. You could try to swindle the dealer into replacing them again but they may not be willing to. SOA will probably not do much if anything since the vehicle is far beyond the base warranty.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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I had my Alternator belt and AC belt replaced at and paid $36 parts, $190 in labor
OUCH!
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:28 PM   #4
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The belts are covered under parts warranty for 1 year, unlimited mileage....unless, something caused them to break, such as a bad tensioner or damage from something going into the engine area.

If the technician over tightened them, something would have happened sooner than 10K miles. My bet is something else is wrong, which caused one belt to break and then take out the other.
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:42 PM   #5
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Well talked to the dealer and they said they'd fix it for free next Tuesday. I'm just dreading bringing it in and they find something else that needs to be fixed. After I had the belts replaced last March, the AC died on me after 3 months and now that I look back at it the alternator belt has been making noises for around 5 months. The noise went away after I got on the freeway though and mostly occured when I steering . I haven't been driving that car much so it's my fault for being oblivious to the situation (also I don't know jack about cars).

I shouldn't have used shredded to describe the state of the belts, it looks like a clean break.

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Old 06-26-2009, 08:48 PM   #6
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It could be a faulty belt??
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:29 PM   #7
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It could be a faulty belt??
Both belts faulty though and failing in a fairly short and same time after being installed by a dealership? I'm gonna play the overtightening angle when I show up tuesday.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:42 AM   #8
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Tension was probably way off. I dunno how you could go for so long without having it adjusted though. And if the belts weren't tensioned properly, it can cause premature wear on the alternator and the AC.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:58 AM   #9
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if they'll let you, watch them replace them this time. It's one of the easiest things to do. And then never go back to that dealer again, they screwed you royally on the labor.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:37 PM   #10
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Update - So I towed it to the dealership today and the tow truck driver and service rep start giving me a line that rodents/vermin have been hanging out in my engine bay and could have eaten the 2 belts . I left it over night and they want to do 2 diagnostics tomorrow - drive belt system inspection and check the battery and alternator. I looked at the 2 belts and I didn't see any bite/chew marks (go figure...) but their was a bit of warping on one belt.

I do live in the hills and its possible vermin have been hanging out in the engine bay (there was a nut in there), but for them to be the cause of the belts breaking?? The only reason I went back to the dealer is because the last service for the belts was under their 12k warranty and I wanted to challenge it.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:38 PM   #11
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are you out of yer bloody mind!?!?!?!?!?!?!

get that car outa there and post up in your local area forum for somebody to put belts in for a ****ing 12pk of beer!!!!!!!!!!

you are gonna get your ass raped and pay WAY-WAY too much for NOTHIING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:40 PM   #12
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Alternator blown, so it's not an issue any more. I know a good place to get all the work done. Only reason I brought it back to that place was to try and get the belts replaced for free, I'm not gonna give them any more money.
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