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Hi when are you supose to change the serpentine belt on a 2001 Saturn SC2? My SC2 has almost 51,000 miles on it with the orginal belt? Thanks,

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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.

  1. You will need a 15mm wrench.
  2. 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.
  3. Put the wrench on on the tension pulley
  4. Pull the wrench towards the car releasing the tension on the belt
  5. Slide the belt off
  6. Slowly let the tension pulley release to it's start position
  7. 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.
  8. Set the new belt on a few pulleys per your diagram
  9. 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.
  10. Release the tension pulley gently.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. That should be it. 15 minutes and you saved $50. I will upload a diagram for your Car and engine as well.
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Normally every 60k miles. TIP: before you replace it, take a pic of routing or draw a diagram of routing. Also save old one for a spare.

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  • If you have any comments please feel free to leave them here.
  • Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa.

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