As a new member and this being my first post, I'm hoping this is being posted in the correct section.
I have a supercharged 99 Buick Park Avenue Ultra. The serpentine belt disintegrated this afternoon as I was backing out of my garage and the engine immediately quit. I found pieces of the belt on the ground underneath the car where it stopped. I have about 113K miles on it. The serpentine belt was replaced about 30K miles ago by a local auto repair facility (non-dealer).
First of all, I am mechanically inclined, have worked in gas stations many years ago during college and the service, and am comfortable working on cars myself but it has been a long time.
I have a few questions:
- How difficult is it to replace the belt myself?
- Where is the best place to get a replacement serpentine belt?
- Any particular brand better than another?
- Do i need to change the tensioner also?
Any other thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Sorry for all the questions but i want to get know if I should attempt this myself or have it done commerically.
Thanks in advance for you answers.