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I have a 2012 1LT auto with the 1.4 Turbo, and I'm the type who usually carries a few common spare parts around for my car. In my old car ('96 Blazer with the never die, but never idle smoothly Vortec 4300) I always carried a spare serpentine belt since I've had them break on me before, and changing the belt was a relatively straightforward job requiring only a 3/8" square bit like a ratchet without a socket on it, and 20 minutes or so of swearing trying to loop it around all the pulleys. I've read things saying that changing the belt on the 1.4T actually requires unbolting one of the motor mounts and lifting the motor up, not likely the kind of thing I could do at the side of the road. Is this true?
 

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I thought the belt was considered a "consumable item" and therefore not covered under warranty/no free roadside assistance. I could be wrong though.
 

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Yeah... Not sure how the free tow would balance out with a dealership's higher parts and labor rates, and a rubber belt really isn't the kind of thing that I'd worry about needing a dealership to replace, I'd probably either do it myself or get an independent mechanic to do it. I suppose the best thing to do would be just to keep an eye on the belt and if I start seeing cracks or something go ahead and replace it. Admittedly, the last time I actually had one fail in a vehicle it was because the bearing went in an alternator, but I had a spare alternator on me as well since I had a lot of trouble with the craptastic rebuilt alternators from the parts stores failing.
 
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