Originally Posted by DGXR
Great write-up! A few things...
1) Thank you. Your post was helpful, informative and entertaining.
2) How many miles are on your 2008 truck? Modern EPDM serpentine (not neoprene) belts can go over 100k miles unless they are subjected to harsh conditions. My 2006 has 80k miles and the serpentine is still in fantastic shape (here in Sacramento we have some hot summers, and winters are relatively mild compared to some parts of the country).
3) I never noticed that the wrench point on the tensioner is not actually a fastener, it's just a hex-shaped protrusion in the casting! awesome LOL
4) Here's an interesting "Two Guys Garage" video on serpentines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck8HollJYOc&lr=1
5) For a free serpentine belt wear gauge, go to http://www.gatesprograms.com/beltwear/beltwear
P.S. Love your Avatar... DOOOOOM!
Can't go wrong with Doom guy! I figure my belt had a decent amount of life left in it, but the squeal was very annoying. I have 68k on my truck. I've owned it about 3 weeks now. I've come to the conclusion that it was a fleet truck for some construction outfit. There's a lot of half ass work done to this truck.
Originally Posted by sinaptic
Nice Writeup! I don't think I'm anywhere near the point where I'll need to be doing this, but when the time eventually does come, I think this has inspired me to do it myself. If I remember correctly, this is pretty damn expensive to have a shop do...
Bonus points for being another taco-driving artist delving into the wonders of mechanical mayhem; I was starting to think I was the only one here!
Yeah, $80-$100 an hour is a good estimate of the cost of LABOR. The belt was only $35.
Yeah it turns out our dainty little artist hands can handle working on trucks just fine! Here's a tattoo I designed for my friend who's a fire fighter.
And sorry to anyone who might ask, I'm not too big on designing anything for anyone.