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Default Serpentine belt replacement. Easy? - 7th February 2017, 07:46 PM

Evening. Got a Cooper S, supercharged, 86k. I've done the filters plugs and leads so next plan to get the supercharger belt done as the car's got plenty of "Patina" but not much history and these are more or less a service item?
I've seen UTube vids, simple enough in theory but is it easy in practice or a nightmare of skinned knuckles and working blind?
I'd buy one of the tensioner lever tools.

Wondering whether to do it myself or get a garage to do it. Done plenty of work on cars in the past but less time free now.
  
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Default Serpentine belt replacement. Easy? - 8th February 2017, 05:32 AM

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Evening. Got a Cooper S, supercharged, 86k. I've done the filters plugs and leads so next plan to get the supercharger belt done as the car's got plenty of "Patina" but not much history and these are more or less a service item?
I've seen UTube vids, simple enough in theory but is it easy in practice or a nightmare of skinned knuckles and working blind?
I'd buy one of the tensioner lever tools.

Wondering whether to do it myself or get a garage to do it. Done plenty of work on cars in the past but less time free now.
If you buy the tool and you take the wheel arch liner out it's not a difficult job.
  
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Default 8th February 2017, 07:58 PM

Nice one, thanks for the advice. Video had the liner out, so I'll give it a go when the weather and daylight improves.
Do any other bits spring to mind as freshen ups?
Does the supercharger oil need checking for example?
  
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Default Serpentine belt replacement. Easy? - 8th February 2017, 08:43 PM

How many miles on the car?
  
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Default 9th February 2017, 07:51 PM

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Default Serpentine belt replacement. Easy? - 10th February 2017, 05:49 AM

Supercharger oil is worth doing.

You could do the gearbox oil too - it's supposed to be a "lifetime" oil but in truth nothing lasts forever.

I can't really think of anything else really worth doing as a precaution. Check the crank position sensor as they leak around the seal.
  
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Default 12th February 2017, 06:51 AM

The front wishbone rear bushes tend to fail, so they're worth a look. And I replaced the fuel filter too as a preventative measure.
  
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Default 13th February 2017, 08:48 PM

Thanks gents, had the gearbox levels checked, also got advice that my cam cover leaked. So that, belt, supercharger - should keep me going. I asked for the suspension to be checked over, I'll ask again at the MOT. Some things are just so much easier under a garage ramp than on a drive.
  
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Default 19th March 2017, 06:59 PM

Replaced the belt, in spite of the lever tool bending! A fiddly job, but just needed a few goes. Thanks for the tips.
  
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