BMW 740Li xDrive Serpentine Belt Replacement Cost

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Serpentine Belt Replacement
The average cost for a BMW 740Li xDrive serpentine belt replacement is between $251 and $303. Labor costs are estimated between $193 and $245 while parts are priced at $58. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.
Serpentine Belt Replacement

What is a serpentine belt?

The engine in your car has many roles to fill. It has to do more than move. It also has to generate electricity, assist with power steering, cool off the passengers, and keep itself cool. The serpentine belt - sometimes referred to as the fan belt, alternator belt, or accessory drive belt - is used to spin, or "drive," several components attached to the engine. It drives the alternator that powers the electrical system and recharges the battery. It also drives the power steering pump, the air conditioning compressor, and the water pump. (The water pump circulates coolant through the cooling system). In the past, multiple drive belts were used to turn pulleys attached to these components. Today, most vehicles employ just a single belt - the serpentine belt - to do the job.

How does the serpentine belt work?

As the engine's crankshaft pulley turns it drives the serpentine belt. In turn, the belt drives the pulleys for the other systems including the air conditioning, alternator, water pump, cooling fan, and power steering.

What are the symptoms related to a bad serpentine belt?

Over time serpentine belts stretch, crack, and the ribs that ride on the accessory pulleys being to wear smooth. A squealing noise that increases with engine speed or as engine driven accessories are turned on may be noted. The noise is caused by the belt slipping on the pulleys, insufficiently driving them. Ineffective air conditioning, a battery warning light, or intermittent power steering assist can result from this.

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Can I drive with a serpentine belt problem?

A slipping belt means one or all of the accessories are not being driven properly. Loss of air conditioning, electrical power, power steering, or water pump and fan drive are possible depending on the severity of the wear. If left for too long the belt can shred or come off of the pulleys. The belt should be inspected as soon as is convenient to protect against becoming stranded.

How often do serpentine belts need to be replaced?

Replacement intervals vary by vehicle and driving conditions. We typically see this part replaced approximately every 100,000 miles.

How are serpentine belt issues diagnosed?

The technician will visually inspect the serpentine belt for wear or fluid contamination. The belts have grooves that locate them laterally on the accessory pulleys. These will be checked for cracking or chunking. On vehicles equipped with automatic belt tensioners there is usually a gauge on the tensioner that indicates how much the belt has stretched, this will also be checked.

Serpentine Belt Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for a Serpentine Belt Replacement is between $251 and $303 but can vary from car to car.

How is a serpentine belt replaced?

The technician will loosen the tensioner to allow slack in the belt. After removing the old belt, the technician will route the new one over the accessories, then release the tensioner so that it puts tension on the belt. The vehicle will then be started to check that the belt has been properly routed.

RepairPal Recommendations for serpentine belt issues

High-quality serpentine belts are less likely to squeak and/or prematurely fail. The vehicle may have multiple tensioners and idler pulleys that the belts ride on. This would be a good time to inspect them for bearing wear and replace as needed. It is also important to inspect the accessory pulleys, especially in the case where a relatively new belt was shredded or thrown off. Worn or stuck pulleys can damage a new belt in short order.

What to look out for when dealing with serpentine belt issues

Belts can be referred to as serpentine belts, accessory belts, drive belts, fan belts, alternator belts, water pump belts, or V-Belts depending on vehicle application. It is important to order the correct one for your specific vehicle. Belts can also differ by optional equipment, such as air conditioning. Such cases will provide a range in belt size. When driving through large puddles, it is possible for water to splash up into the engine bay and get onto the belts and pulleys. This will not damage them, but a squealing noise may be noted, along with the alternator or battery light illuminating due to the alternator belt slipping. Additionally, leaking coolant or oil can cause belt issues. Coolant will act as a lubricant and cause the belts to slip, while leaking oil will also damage the belt's rubber.

Can I replace the serpentine belt myself?

The vast majority of serpentine belts only require simple tools to replace. However, the procedures vary wildly from car to car. Before ordering parts or attempting this repair yourself, look online for guides on how to replace the belts in your specific vehicle. Vehicles with transversely mounted engines are often more difficult to service due to lack of space between the engine and frame. Special tools to release and lock the belt tensioner may be required to perform this procedure.