How long can I wait to change serpentine belt? on 2004 Ford Escape

My 2004 Escape, V6 has 107,000 miles and I was told I need to change the serpentine belt. How soon do I need to change it and can I do it myself? I'm pretty handy but don't want to get stuck.

by in Jacksonville, FL on July 24, 2011
2 answers
ANSWER by on July 24, 2011
you should change your belt every 20 to 30000 miles and you can do it yourself
ANSWER by on July 25, 2011
The belts should be inspected on every oil change approx 5,000 miles. If this is the original belt at 107,000 miles I would reccommend replacing it. The best way to tell if it needs replacing is having a qualified technician do a visual inspection. If the belt is fraying or has "chunks" missing replace it immediately...however small cracks can be normal. We will be glad to be a free inspection at Mike Shad Ford Lincoln. Thanks Barry 904 317 7702