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The manufacture recommends a serpentine belt replacement every 50,000 miles. However, your serpentine belt should be inspected often for cracks, rips or warping. This can also tell you if you have a pulley that is malfunctioning. Also when you have your serpentine belt off spin your pulleys and make sure they spin free with no hang ups. If you get a hangup you may need to replace that pulley. If you want to replace the serpentine belt yourself here are the steps you take to replace it. This will save you around $50 in labor charges.
You will need a 15mm wrench.
Next you will want to make a diagram of the position of the belt in relation to each pulley. This is important because the belt only goes on one way.
Put the wrench on on the tension pulley
Pull the wrench towards the car releasing the tension on the belt
Slide the belt off
Slowly let the tension pulley release to it's start position
Get the old belt and new belt and compare the two in size, and the amount of groves they have. The belts should be an exact match with the exception that the old belt may be minutely longer from being stretched during use.
Set the new belt on a few pulleys per your diagram
Now get the wrench again and place it on the tension pulley and pull towards the car placing the rest of the belt on the pulleys exactly as the diagram says.
Release the tension pulley gently.
Now you want to inspect how the belt is laying on the pulleys. Make sure the belt is on nice and even and exactly as the diagram says.
Providing all is well to this point turn your car on and go inspect the belt with the engine running and make sure it is staying on the pulleys as it should.
That should be it. 15 minutes and you saved $50. I will upload a diagram for your Car and engine as well.
there is a tensioner for the serpentine belt, it is spring loaded so it adjusts by itself. if the belt is loose then the spring in the tensioner has gone south. you need a new tensioner, about 50 bucks but replacing it is beyond normal owner servicing. there are many videos of folks replacing tensioners on youtube. note the tools they have, and most videos are shot from under a lift. if you have all those on hand, then you would not have asked the question. buy the part and take it to a repair shop.
Get a new belt, you will need to know whether SL2 DOHC or SL1 SOHC and whether or not you have A/C to get the proper belt. Remove the right front tire and put car on a jack stand, remove the plastic service panel behind the wheel. There is a little picture on the radiator cross member of a wrench on the tensioner. You are going to have to get a long open end wrench on the tensioner, and make it longer with a homemade extender, relax the tensioner and have a helper then pull the belt off. Replace with new belt by reversing process. The dog bone mount will be in your face behind the service panel you may want to replace it while you are at it and the tensioner too if it has not already been replaced.
Try replacing the belt tensioner. Comes out easily, once you figure out access to it. Remove inspection panel inside front passenger side wheel well. Tensioner is right there, two bolts. If the spring gets weak, the belt will squeak.
The belt, most likely is shot...just get it replaced. Your car comes equipped with a "tensioner" pulley that keeps the belt tight all the time. Unless you have mechanical experience, I really do NOT recommend trying this job at home...Just DON'T GO TO THE DEALERSHIP! Good Luck