The belt that drives accessories, such as an alternator or A/C compressor needs to have tension so it doesn’t slip. That is where your cars automatic belt tensioner comes in. The tensioner uses a spring to apply a constant and automatically adjusting tension on your vehicles belt. This allows the proper tension to be applied with out the need for manual adjusting.
The automatic belt tension does wear out over time. When this occurs you will often experience the following:
- Squealing noise, (even with a new belt)
- Grinding or clicking noise from the tensioner
- Tensioner or Tension Pulley is misaligned.
- Broken belt
- unusual belt wear
How much will it cost?
The typical cost for the testing and replacement of a belt tensioner is between $80-$150 for parts and labor. This price range is averaged across all passenger vehicles. The actual cost depends on your specific make, model and year. Depending on your specific vehicle, this cost may be lower or higher. This cost estimate is for the specific repair listed and doesn’t include additional, related items that may require repair.
Here is what is included:
- Inspection of tension
- Inspection of related components.
- Replacement of belt tensioner if needed
- Replacement of belt if needed.
Book your appointment
Ready to set up your repair appointment? The whole process can be completed online. Simply choose a day and time that works for you. Let us know what service you need or what your car issues are. You will be contacted with an estimate and the ability to confirm your appoint. We will even send you a reminder.