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2001 Boxster S serpentine belt and coolant pump

  • 2001
  • Boxster S
46 000
Hawthorn Woods, 

Gentlemen:  My 2001 Boxster S has 46k miles on the oro. It gets exercised every 2-3 weeks in winter and does 3-season weekend duty. It sleeps in the garage. At about 32k miles, DIY replacement of the alternator allowed inspection of the belt, which appeared excellent with no  cracks or chafing evident. But now it’s 19 years old, and during dealer service a year ago which included coolant flush at my direction, I was advised of seepage at the pump pulley shaft, though no accumulation on the body pan. Wide dealer quote disparity ($1020 and $1550) to     replace both pump and belt (the recommendation) has me hesitating on both dealer shop honesty and cost. Should the belt be replaced only on condition, or because of age regardless of condition? Is age, combined with minor seepage, reason to replace both? This won’t be DIY; the alternator replacement was hard on the back and I’m even older now.





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