Toyota Corolla 2003, 64k
A Toyota dealer recently changed my serpentine belt. They got my authorization by claiming the belt was cracked. It was not. But now they claim that the belt was 'glazed, slipping and wearing unevenly'.
-- Can a belt be slipping given I never heard a sound?
-- If it is slipping, are there any other 'signs' other than noise?
-- What does a glazed belt look like (a pointer to where I might find a picture of a glazed belt would be nice)? This belt flexes well and no part looks different to the rest.
-- What would 'wearing unevenly' mean? The only wear I can see is minor wear (normal : ) on the side of the belt. By this I mean that on some parts you can see stiching as though it's new, in some areas you see the rubber (stitching has faded or been worn).
-- what makes belt replacement 'necessary'?
P.S. The belt was just under 8000 miles on it. When I examined the belt they had left in my car, I assumed that they had misinterpreted my instructions and left a new belt :
Belt was replaced at 57k after intermittent noise that disappeared after a couple of minutes - belt was diagnosed as glazed back then.
Sunday, June 4th, 2006 AT 8:47 PM