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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    B5.5 2.8. I changed all the pulleys and belts less than 2 years ago and it's only been driven like 10k miles or less. Could this be a bad bearing in the aux fan? All other tensioners and pulleys were changed except the alternator's but the sound is too high. It feels like it's right under the...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I replaced the serpentine belt and the tensioner pulley. I forgot to check the other pulleys while I had the belt off. How do I check the other pulleys? Is it as simple as releasing the tension on the belt via the tensioner and then spinning each of the other pulleys to hear if they make any...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I followed the instructions at the link below and after everything was replaced and I was ready to pull the pin that is already in place when you buy a new tensioner, I realized that the pin was too short, there was no way I could reach it or get a grip on it to pull the pin out, so, I took the...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My mechanic just did a timing belt and water pump replacement on my 2000 1.8T. He said that it would be better to replace the serpentine belts for the alternator and a/c because the car is old. I tried looking for OEM belts but couldn't find any. Are 3rd party belts by Dayco or Duralast fine?
  5. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    OK, for the life of me I've got it loose and just cannot get the old one out, there's got to be a trick I am missing. Anyone got some help for me?
  6. B6 Garage
    I am looking for help on the serpentine belt tensioner. I want to put on a new belt and don't know whether I should go ahead and buy a new tensioner assembly or just buy the rolller. Does anybody know the process for how to remove the tensioner? I can easily remove the belt and the bolt that...
  7. New Member Introductions
    This isn't my car, but I'm helping a friend. I don't know any of the history of the car. I got a call today from a friend, she said her serpentine belt was broken. I bought a belt and went to see the car. When I got there, I found not only had the serpentine belt snapped, but a number of wires...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello all: I just put a brand new serpentine belt on my V6. I bought a generic Auto Parts store (Carquest) belt. Car runs normally, but the belt is wearing on the outside it seems to me more than it should. I have never replaced a belt before and do not know what kind of wear is normal. The...
  9. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Alternator belt and AirConditioning belt have snapped together. I've stripped it down and found that the idler pulley to the right of the crankshaft pulley which is attached to a metal bracket that joins to the dampner has play in it...when I push the pulley the pullay and the bracket rock back...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Heard the belt snap whilst driving the car earlier and immediately lost power steering as well as ALTERNATOR WORKSHP ! showing on dash... Can anyone please advise how to replace the alternator belt on my car... Preferably point me in the direction of a you tube video or pictoral guide etc. Most...
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I looked at the belt today and looks like having cracks in it. I've never changed a belt myself but am interested to DIY this time. Does anyone know a thread that shows how to do this?
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, I am so glad I took the cover off of my engine and was able to see this. This serpentine belt has less than 3,000 miles on it. Should I not be driving it with this tear in it? I'm going back to the place who fixed it the first time.... Firestone. I was never going to go back there ever...
  13. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 2000 V6 ATQ with 142K miles. Which belt should I buy from Amazon - Goodyear ($27), Gates ($23) or VW ($33)? How 'bout tensioner? Which would you recommend? I need to replace the two bolts that hold in the fan pulley bracket - All of the blades on my fan broke off! from this loose...
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My 2000 V6 Passat has been giving me something to do year after year for the last 5 years or so. Last year it was the alternator, this year it seems to be the A/C pulley, or clutch, or whatever you wanna call it. So, my belt popped off, I noticed it because it killed my charging system throwing...
  15. New Member Introductions
    Hi, could anyone advise best way to replace serpentine belt on the above. thanks, jim
  16. B6 Garage
    Any tips on changing these belts on the V6?. Is it the same mechanism as the older VR6, where one slack off the belt by screwing down a bolt into the tensioner ?.
  17. B5 Garage
    Hi! I am bout to attempt to replace my power steering pump on my 2001 4mo V6 b5.. I rad through some things and feel confident I can do it. First thing I need to do after I loosen the pully bolts is to remove the serpentine belt. Where is the tensioner and what is the easiest way to do this? I...
  18. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I removed the viscous fan on my 2.8L 2000 GLX when I installed a Spal EFK, but left the fan pulley and housing. Will be changing the TB soon and would like to remove the pulley and housing. I'm assuming I will need a smaller Serpentine belt. Anyone know the size and where I can pick one up?
  19. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, I have a 2004 B5.5 that needs a serpentine belt tensioner. I have had my cars worked on my the same mechanic for 20 years, but sadly he moved out of state. The indy shop that was recommended to me is saying $290 to replace. $80 parts and the rest labor. Does anyone have any opinions on...
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