I went to the dealer with a chirping noise from under the hood near the serpentine belt area. They checked and said it was the belt that was bad and replaced it costing me $148 with almost 1.2 hrs of labor charges. The noise is still there and then they said it is the belt tensioner and it needs to be replaced. The tech said it is a 4-5 hour job and would cost me $575-$600. IS that true? How hard is it to replace the tensioner? I thought the tensioner pulley was right on the top of the crank shaft pulley, pretty much the same region where you would loosen in the first place to change belt. Are they trying to rip me off? Or the 1.2 hours already spend on labor they could have done the tensioner. Am I correct? Please advice!
The noise is still there. Its low when waiting at a light and driving, but when I turn on the A/C its more prominent when idle. I even asked them if the belt is loose and just needs to be tightened. But he was standing on his head with the tensioner.
Thanks! : )
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 AT 7:25 PM