When should the Tensioner Pulley and Serpentine Belt be replaced? on 2005 Honda Accord

I took my 2005 Honda Accord EX 4D 4cyl. to Midas for a routine oil change and tire rotation plus a free inspection and the mechanic said that I should get the Tensioner Pulley and Serpentine Belt replaced. The pulley is worn (a little rough with streaks of black from the belt but not bad) but there are not sounds or anything that tells me it is performing less than a brand new one. The belt they said is cracked in several areas, but since my car is 2005 I thought it should be made of EPDM and crack-proof. Should I get these things replaced for their estimate of $236.32 including parts and labor? Thanks!

by in Bellevue, WA on November 30, 2012
2 answers 5 comments
ANSWER by on November 30, 2012
if the tensioner has tension...just change the belt
COMMENT by on November 30, 2012
How would I know if the tensioner has tension? I don't know much about cars...
ANSWER by on November 30, 2012
Pulley can be cleaned by a competent mechanic (that 'residue' is normal on those) the belt is usually replaced at about 105K. GET REFERENCES to a BETTER shop.
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COMMENT by on November 30, 2012
Alright, thanks for the advice!
COMMENT by on November 30, 2012
Best of luck , thanks for the replies!
COMMENT by on November 30, 2012
Thank you!
COMMENT by on November 30, 2012
if the belt isnt sqealing or loose I wouldnt worry about it
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