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Are you KIDDING ME? Pulleys are shredding at just 18k!?!?

Okay..so I switched to Ford from SRT Dodge for reliability...I let my buddy pop the hood and make sure everything is fine...then we see this crap.


VERY pissed off. Car only has 18k, GT-500, apparently hand-built still means complete bull-crap can occur. Belts\pulleys should NEVER go this soon.

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Chill out a little bit. Regardless of what's wrong the dealer will fix it for free as long as the warranty isn't void. Yes that belt should last quite a while BUT, take a few minutes to look around with a mirror and a flash light to see if there is anything that's chafing the belt. Maybe that tensioner pulley is bad, maybe not. Maybe it's just a connector hanging in the way. Maybe it's just a crappy belt. If you don't see anything obvious look and see if there are any funny wear marks on any of the pulleys. If not then just replace the belt and keep an eye on it for a while. If it starts again then take it in and have it looked at.


Just don't drive it until you put a new belt on.

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Ford did not make the belt, they are made by someone else and then FoMoCo or Motorcraft is put on it. Also the pulley is fine, belt is shredding, big difference.

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I'd be somewhat upset, too, if that were my car. I'd spend my energy (politely) complaining to my Ford dealer's service department, though, rather than an internet forum. I figure the car would get fixed faster at the dealer.
I hope you get a new belt and assurance that it was either just a bad one, or maybe one of the pulleys is simply slightly misaligned.
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I hate seeing things like this. However, I think initial quality is a problem for most major auto manufacturers these days.

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Okay..so I switched to Ford from SRT Dodge for reliability...I let my buddy pop the hood and make sure everything is fine...then we see this crap.





VERY pissed off. Car only has 18k, GT-500, apparently hand-built still means complete bull-crap can occur. Belts\pulleys should NEVER go this soon.

Maybe revving it up to 7k in neutral caused this?

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Maybe revving it up to 7k in neutral caused this?

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You can rev the car to 7k? O.O Anyway sorry yeah this was a ragey post, it was right after a night of lots of tequila and when we popped the hood and he pointed that I was just like

Apparently it's not that bad at all and fraying on the side is somewhat normal? Would you guys get it replaced or just snip it and keep going?
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I would get it looked at. That is not normal and you should really determine the cause before it gets worse and possibly breaks.


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Not good form to get upset and act all irritated at the dealer's service guys. It's not their fault after all.

There are a lot of things that could cause that light shredding. As mentioned earlier, pulley alignment, tensioner and idler should all be checked. But it could have been a stone that got kicked up at one time.

Also, cheap belts will do that very quickly. I've learned the hard way to buy only the best brand that you can when replacing, like Gates.

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Fraying of a new serpentine belt is not "normal", it indicates a poor quality belt. Strands circulating around the engine at high speed could grab hold of anything and cause damage. Either have Ford replace or buy a high quality belt, I never liked Ford belts. Best of luck and yea I'd be really pissed if my $60k car had this wrong.

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This has been resolved.

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