Car Gurus: How do I change a serpentine belt on a front wheel drive?
So over the past week my serpentine belt has been squealing upon start-up, and the sound would eventually go away after a few seconds of driving. I took the car in for NY State inspection and was told I need a new serpentine belt, and this isn't covered under warranty. So I bought the belt from the dealer, along with some other stuff like brake pads and fluids. The problem is, I can't seem to figure out how to get the belt off. There's an automatic belt tensioner, which I'm assuming I need to loosen - just need to get the belt removed and put the new one on.
Any ideas? I have a '12 Nissan Versa with the HR16DE engine and manual transmission. I've already completed the tune-up (1st major service) and replaced the brake pads, all I have left is to get this belt on.
Thanks in advance!
Persist. Get to the right person.
Automobile manufacturers, like most equipment manufacturers, have warranty coverage, which is always advertised, and they also have a less advertised kind of coverage usually called "policy." Policy coverage differs from warranty coverage because whether a complaint qualifies for it or not is a matter of judgment by somebody outside the dealership or retail shop. To get policy coverage you have to argue that even if the warranty does not cover your particular problem, as a matter of policy, the manufacturer would not want their products to fail in the way you have experienced, and they should not fail in that way. The dealer should help you connect with the right person to get this coverage -- e.g., "VP for Nissan Quality in North American Operations" or some such title or person.
My bet is that if you persist, you will get relief. My persistence in this vein has been successful with John Deere for a snowblower on my 4400 tractor, Lexus for a seat that did not function the way the sales person explained that it would to my wife and me, with Baldwin Brass with respect to the finish on lock sets in our house, with Jado with respect to the core assembly in a shower mixer, with Kohler for a generator set that failed with only 244 hours on it (partially successful), and with Grohe with respect to a small rubber cover and a plastic connector on a kitchen faucet assembly with a removable handspray.
These manufacturers set aside funds on their balance sheets for "Warranty and Policy." They are there to cover these kinds of problems with there products that shouldn't happen and that are not from abuse or misuse by their customers. Just don't let them make their problem seem like your problem.
A little advice from an old curmudgeon in New England! :smile: