replacing serpentine belt on 1996 Mercury Sable

My tensioner pulley locked up and the serpentine belt came off. It is not broken, but my mechanic recommended replacing it anyway, and we're definitely replacing the tensioner. Money is very tight and if I could avoid spending another $40 on a new serpentine belt if I don't really need it, that would be awesome, but I don't want to have problems later because of it. Would you recommend I replace the serpentine belt anyway?

by in Utica, MI on February 22, 2010
2 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by , February 25, 2010
It is most likely that the serpentine belt was in some way damaged when it can off your 1996 Mercury Sable. If a complete visual inspection of the belt shows no signs of damage or wear then you may be able to get by with using the old belt. If the belt is more than 4-5 years old replace it no mater what it looks like.
COMMENT by , July 05, 2010
My 2001 mercury sable is squeaking for the past week. The car shows no other signs of problems. Can this be the serpentine belt? I have 96,000 miles on the car. Thanks
ANSWER by , September 25, 2010
Inspect your belt for dryness and cracks or splits if you see any sign of these, then it would be a good idea to replace the serpentine belt. Just make sure you remember and follow the diagram when removing and replacing the belt.