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2004 Subaru Outback AC belt is broken

Power steering is obviously affected along with other problems. Is there a way we can fix this without spending a lot of money having it fixed? If we have to take it in, how much does replacing the AC belt cost?

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  • creativeinte Apr 12, 2009

    It's behind the radiator...How do you get to it?

  • creativeinte Apr 12, 2009

    Yeah, I don't know if my husband is that skilled. lol Can one drive at all with the belt off? My husband took it off and it's just shredded. I'm talking a short distance down to the shop. Otherwise, we'd have to have it towed. :( That's way more money.

  • creativeinte Apr 12, 2009

    Naw, it's the thin belt, and his power steering is shot. Isn't that the AC belt...the thin one? Thanks for your patience.



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Well you could try to fix it yourself but it shouldn't cost too much to have it done at a shop i'd say no more than a hundred I have a 99 impreza and changed the belt in less than 10 mins

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  • patandjess05 Apr 12, 2009

    you have to loosen the tensioner pully for the first belt and take it off then loosen the pully for the belt you are putting onthen put the belts on and retighten the idler pullies back up

  • patandjess05 Apr 12, 2009

    as long as its the back belt all it does is run from the crankshaft to the a/c pulley so it should be fine to drive the other belt works eveything just won't have any a/c.

  • patandjess05 Apr 12, 2009

    well you may not want to chance driving it



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