In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change the serpentine belt on most diesel Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including E-Class, C-Class, CLK-Class, ML, GL, R-Class, Sprinter equipped with the 3.0 diesel engine, OM642. Generally applicable to models that end with 320 CDI or 350 BlueTec.
Replacing the serpentine belt on a Mercedes Benz 3.0L diesel engine is relativity easy and takes about an hour.
Common symptoms indicating a problem with your Mercedes Benz serpentine belt include:
- Whistling or squealing sound in the front end of the engine.
- Wear and cracks in the belt.
- Components like ac and power steering are not working properly.
What you will need
Follow these steps to change the serpentine belt on a Mercedes Benz 3.0L engine.
- Park vehicle on level ground and let it cool down. If the engine is still hot, you risk getting burned.
- Pull the hood release under the dashboard and open the hood. Secure the hood with the hood support.
- Remember to disconnect the battery's negative terminal every time you are working with your serpentine belt to prevent accidents or damage to you and some of the vehicle components you are working with.
- To disconnect the lower intercooler hose, you have to use a flat screwdriver, slide the metal clip off, and then push the hose down and separate it from the upper hose. Once the hose is separated, you can now remove the Torx bolts of the noise-damping hose using an E-10 Torx socket, but if it is not available, you can also use an 8mm combination wrench or 8mm socket. After removing the two bolts, there is still one metal plate holding the hose. Remove the screw take the metal plate out, and pull the hose out.
- Before removing the serpentine belt, make sure to take a clear photo or draw the belt's routing pattern to the pullies; this will serve as a reference when installing the new serpentine belt.
- Removing the serpentine belt requires you to access the belt tensioner; remember you do not have to remove the bolts of the tensioner because you are just replacing the belt. What you need to do is use a 17mm socket and place it on the tensioners service bolt, push the handle down counterclockwise and slide the belt off from there. You can now separate the belt from all the pullies it serves.
- Using the photo or drawing of the belt's routing pattern that you made earlier as a reference, start placing the belt to the pullies. Ensure that the belt is properly seated on each pulley because if not, the length of the belt may become a little bit short. It will not give you enough length when you try and place it on the tensioner. Place your 17mm socket to the service bolt and push the handle counterclockwise and slide the belt in. Slide your fingers to each pulley to double-check if the belt is properly seated.
- Clean and install the noise-damping hose, place the metal plate in its proper position, tighten the screw, install the upper and lower bolts, and tighten it to its specified torque.
- Reconnect the lower intercooler hose and fix the metal clip to lock; push it down to check that it is properly connected.
- Install the battery if disconnected.
- Start the engine and verify the fix.
How much does it cost to replace a Mercedes Benz serpentine belt?
- The average cost to replace a Mercedes Benz serpentine belt at a repair shop is between $100 and 250. Labor costs are estimated between $80 and $150, while parts are priced between $22 and $90.
How often do serpentine belts need to be replaced?
- On average, the Serpentine Belt's supposed to replace every 60,000-100,000 miles, but you should always follow your car's service manual for the replacement intervals.