:thumbsup: look for cracks, if there are any change it.The belt itself if you source it yourself will run you about $10 for a good one (check RockAuto.com). Labor is another thing. Just shop around or if you're handy do it yourself. I have always changed my belts at 100,000 miles even if they still looked good. But I also do my own maintenance so the actual cost is low for preventative measures.
The only belt(s) that can get really expensive are the timing belt and balance shaft belt, something the MD Elantra does NOT have. If you're handy, swapping out the serpentine belt shouldn't be too challenging and the part is dirt cheap.
Still, if I had 60,000 miles and had some serious cracks, I'd still replace it. Cheap enough insurance. the fan belt is currently from 3 to 14 bucks at Rockauto.com.Cracks on the rib side of a belt are considered acceptable. If the belt has chunks missing from the ribs, it should be replaced.
LOL. I'm in my 30's and still catch myself calling it a fan belt. I'm almost comfortable calling it a serpentine belt now. I still keep reminding myself that I have a transaxle and not technically a transmission. Just so people think I know what I'm talking about.Guilty. I'm twice that age and carry life's little scars to show it. I even still drive a car that has a real live "fan belt" At least it did until I replaced the belt-driven fan with an electric fan. it still has the belt though. So does that belt's name now change? It is still the same belt.
The name of the belt is irrelevant to me. It still is a belt (at least for now). I think I'll still call them all fan belts, whether "V" shaped or ribbed. It is tough to change habits.
BTW, thanks for making me think about my age!
And if this same belt's routing just happened to have no angle that was >180 degrees, would it still be called a serpentine belt?I'm almost comfortable calling it a serpentine belt now