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01-05-2010 02:36 PM
Musikmann I'm pretty sure mine is the original with 8-9 years and 83,000 miles.
01-05-2010 02:31 PM
Kajtek1 I replaced mine few months ago at over 190k/12 years on the car. Belt looks original with lot of small cracks, but still holding. The car originally come from colder states and even in CA summer never warms up above 85C.
Had one MULTI V-Belt breaking on me. Freshly purchased MB from Texas with 320k on odometer. I was still able to drive the car for couple of miles at the time before engine overheated.
So my conclusion is that factors in belt life are
-operating temperatures
while load and mileage is secondary factor.
01-05-2010 02:07 PM
Big"D"inTheMB I've replaced mine at 55K and 105K on the E320. I travel back and forth to the bay (160 miles dailey) and would hate to be on the side of the road over a belt. I have the one that I recently took off in the trunk, just in case for some strange reason the new one fails. Got some bulbs back there too, better safe than sorry.

FYI, the belt is about $32 from Autohaus. Good time to check your Idler pulley and belt tensioner too.
01-05-2010 01:34 PM
Check Codes It's also been posted on this forum several times, and I found it easily enough on my PC, so here it is yet again...

01-05-2010 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by noelsteve View Post
Hello ,has anyone got some photos of the correct routing for the serpetine belt on my e240 1999 model.Any help would be of great assistance.
There is a diagram in your owner's manual.

01-05-2010 01:14 PM
noelsteve Hello ,has anyone got some photos of the correct routing for the serpetine belt on my e240 1999 model.Any help would be of great assistance.
09-16-2005 03:58 AM
RE: "V Belt" as MB calls it or Serpentine Belt

Just bought a belt myself for mine. Cost was $35. I'll just throw it in the trunk for now in case I need it. Will probably change it at 100,000 miles.

'99 E300TD 80,000 miles
09-15-2005 08:45 PM
RE: "V Belt" as MB calls it or Serpentine Belt

Just an up-date.

Had the V-Belt replaced by an MB dealership @ $125 total.

09-09-2005 10:32 PM
RE: "V Belt" as MB calls it or Serpentine Belt

Actually, I called the dealer again and the cost is $150 to replace this belt. Still a good deal?
09-03-2005 12:52 PM
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RE: "V Belt" as MB calls it or Serpentine Belt

There is no hard and fast rule on distance so far as I know. If you live in an extreme climate -- either hot or cold -- the belt will not last as long. My car started life in upstate NY, so it suffered through some cold winters; I bought it right after it's lease so that's how I know when it was replaced. Since our thread starter lives in Utah, where it can get pretty cold as well, you could expect shorter life. There are a few other variables as well (spilling oil on them is not good, for example) but climate is a key.

Now down in the OC where you are, Olivengco, you don't have any extremes, so you can expect your belt to last longer. Since your dealer just did a visual inspection on it, you can rest easy. Inspection is part of the regular A and B services (every 10K) so you can be assured it will be caught. If you take it in as scheduled you don't have to worry about inspecting it yourself.

FYI, the most common way to tell it's reaching the end of it's life is to turn the belt over along one of the straight runs and then bend it so it flexes the "teeth" out. This makes stress cracks (they run perpendicular to the belt teeth) more apparent. Cracks also will appear at joint where the teeth meet the main belt and run longitudinally along that joint. A few cracks here or there is not a big deal, when pieces start falling off (or you have shredding) it's time to change it.

Take care and enjoy the ride,

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