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Old 09-06-2022, 02:59 PM   #1
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Urgent/Sad - Broke in Riverside

Anybody in Riverside CA have some experience changing engine belts? Mine just popped and Im on the side of 215 waiting for a tow.not sure Im going to be able to find a shop who can do it quickly.

404 431 4676 is my number if anybody has any recommendations.

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Pretty easy to do yourself if its a 5.4 with serpentine belt
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Grab an Uber to an auto parts store, pick yourself up a new belt (if needed) and a 1/2 breaker bar to crank the belt tensioner and slip a new belt on, not too hard, there should be a diagram on routing under hood. Might need to get the air cleaner box out of the way first
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Do you have the belt? Try to get markings or proper replacement size and autozone or oreilly will likely have it. Always keep a spare on hand. I believe Oreilly has a loaner tool to help move the tensioner if needed.
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Super easy. Did it the first time on a Oreilly parking lot when my alternator went down.
Watch the video and itll be a 5-20min job (depending on how often the belt slides off where you out it

As other said: 1/2 ratchet and youre good. Take the air filter done before.
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Old 09-06-2022, 06:41 PM   #7
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And yeah for me, no one locally has a belt. Need to order for tomorrow delivery.

And Uber won’t pick me up on the side of the highway.

And tow companies around here suck…been sitting on 215 for 4hrs now.

Good day. :-)
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Old 09-06-2022, 06:46 PM   #8
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Shoot! Im sorry I cant help from here in the Bay!
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Old 09-06-2022, 07:20 PM   #9
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Wow -- VERY SORRY ! - I'm just north of ATL and wish I could help - but sorry not much help from here !? Best of luck ! Keep us informed of outcome --
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This is going to sound like a jerk thing to say at the moment, but it's true. The only thing easier than changing a serpentine belt on any modern engine is ordering/buying a spare and stowing it somewhere in the van.

Usually one of the first things I do on a new-to-me (used) vehicle is buy a new belt even if the old one is fine, change it and store the old one in the vehicle somewhere as a spare.

I know this sounds like armchair quarterbacking now but hopefully it will keep someone off the side of the road later.
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