Feb 23, 2013 update on P71's 2006 Mazda Mazda5

The serpentine belt wouldn’t stop squeaking and no amount of belt dressing was helping anymore, so I had to finally change it. What an absolute nightmare of a job! The A/C belt is a stretch to fit and the “special tool” that the parts stores sell DO NOT work at all (don’t waste your money!). The fact that I have to undo a bunch of underbody panels, take a wheel off, and jack the thing up is bad enough, but it took hours to finagle that belt off and on with screwdrivers, prybars, and a thin metal shim. The serpentine belt uses a normal tensioner and swapped over just fine. I thought $28 for an A/C belt was ridiculous, so I reused it. Guess what squeaks now? And guess what’s getting a homemade tensioner soon…


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