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failing apart on outside (drive belts) cost?

Dealer quoted that my drive belts under the hood are "failing apart on outside" not sure what that means but I know i need to get this fixed. Wondering how much is this around? Should i get the part first and go to dealer or some other mechanic? Or let dealer do it all?

Also he wrote "valve cover, front cover" under the hood (oil and or fluid leaks) need to be replaced. How much would something like this be?

As mentioned in other post, I asked dealer to set appointment to do this but they said they will not do it unless the shocks get fixed first (which are 1300) .. I'm wondering if they are trying to get me to pay for higher one that's why or because for safety hazard..

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Drive belts are cheap Under $75.00 for the A/C - accessory belt 10 mins to change.
Valve cover isn't gushing oil out.... there is no worries.
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Drive belts are cheap Under $75.00 for the A/C - accessory belt 10 mins to change.
Valve cover isn't gushing oil out.... there is no worries.
So drive belts should I get this taken care of asap?

Not sure if your implying there us more then one type of drive belt but the attachment I sent is that for the ac ? I think I'll buy it online and install myself.. go on YouTube or something.

As for the oil gushing、 if I open up the hood will I be able to see this immediately or need some pruning to find out. Isnt this something like 400?

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So drive belts should I get this taken care of asap?

Not sure if your implying there us more then one type of drive belt but the attachment I sent is that for the ac ? I think I'll buy it online and install myself.. go on YouTube or something.

As for the oil gushing、 if I open up the hood will I be able to see this immediately or need some pruning to find out. Isnt this something like 400?

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The A/C will have to be cut off, before the accessory belt comes off. A/C belt is like a super tough elastic to stretch (youtube has a some guides). You can even diy the top valve cover - new gasket & small tube of gasket maker (youtube). The parts for all these are under $100.00 - Mazda OEM parts will have a better fitment.
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The A/C will have to be cut off, before the accessory belt comes off. A/C belt is like a super tough elastic to stretch (youtube has a some guides). You can even diy the top valve cover - new gasket & small tube of gasket maker (youtube). The parts for all these are under $100.00 - Mazda OEM parts will have a better fitment.
What do you mean cut off? You mean just turned off lol? I guess the belt the dealer was referring to was ac related.

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What do you mean cut off? You mean just turned off lol? I guess the belt the dealer was referring to was ac related.

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The A/C belt needs to be removed, before the accessory belt can be replaced. You can visual see that for yourself.
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The A/C belt needs to be removed, before the accessory belt can be replaced. You can visual see that for yourself.
So I need the accessory belt part right and the ac belt needs to be removed so I access and install the accessory belt .. I think I can do this myself and check YouTube or somethi g .. seems like you just slip out and slip in.

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As mrb said, the A/C belt does indeed need to be "cut off". You could probably get it off by fighting with it with a screwdriver but it's most likely just as old as the accessory belt and it's easier to just cut it off and replace it at the same time. You will need a stretch belt install tool (pretty cheap) to put the new one on and a way to rotate the crankshaft to stretch the belt on.
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As mrb said, the A/C belt does indeed need to be "cut off". You could probably get it off by fighting with it with a screwdriver but it's most likely just as old as the accessory belt and it's easier to just cut it off and replace it at the same time. You will need a stretch belt install tool (pretty cheap) to put the new one on and a way to rotate the crankshaft to stretch the belt on.
So the ac belt needing to be replaced, if this snaps off on it's own when I'm driving. Will it affect only the ac and ac wont work? Or does it affect other parts of the car and call for disaster

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It will only effect the A/C if it snaps, nothing else.
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