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How much does a fan belt replacement cost for Ford cars?

A typical Ford fan belt replacement in the UK costs around £44 - £93. Depending on your Ford model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a fan belt replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Ford cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a fan belt replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Fan belt replacement for Ford Fiesta£44 - £70
Fan belt replacement for Ford Focus£47 - £73
Fan belt replacement for Ford Ka£53 - £83
Fan belt replacement for Ford Kuga£56 - £88
Fan belt replacement for Ford Mondeo£59 - £93
Fan belt replacement for Ford Transit Custom£56 - £88
Fan belt replacement for Ford C-MAX£56 - £88

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What does a fan belt do?

A fan belt is a flexible synthetic rubber band which connects various engine components together. It’s used to transfer rotational power from one part of the engine to another. It is called the fan belt because one of the shafts which it connects to is the spinning engine cooling fan.

What are the symptoms of a bad fan belt?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your fan belt:

  • A squeaking or whining noise whenever the engine is switched on

  • If your fan belt is visibly worn, cracked or torn

  • If your engine overheats regularly

What happens during a fan belt replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the fan belt for signs of wear and cracks.

  • They will also inspect the belt's pulleys and tensioner.

  • Replace the belt, if necessary.

  • Advise if any other related repairs are necessary.

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Hey Fixter, how often should I replace my fan belt?

You shouldn't need to replace them more than every four or five years or every 60,000-100,000 miles, however it’s good practice to inspect them regularly.

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Want to learn more about Ford fan belt replacement?

What does a fan belt do?

A fan belt is designed to transfer rotational power from one part of the engine to another. Its job is to turn several pulleys and gears that utilise the energy from the crankshaft and starter to turn and power up different accessories and important functions in your car.

The fan belt is a flexible synthetic rubber band which connects various engine components together. It has a long series of teeth running along the inner surface of the belt which generate traction, allowing it to grip to the shafts it connects and keeping it from slipping off.

A fan belt is one of the essential car parts that should always be kept in good condition and regularly maintained. Its main role is to connect the crankshaft pulley and the alternator to the engine cooling fan.

Ford

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker, founded by Henry Ford in 1903. One of the most long-standing giants of the motoring industry with an estimated asset wealth of around $256 billion, Ford became a popular household name throughout the UK in the 1960s with the introduction of the Ford Transit, the Ford Escort and the Ford Capri.

With the Ford Fiesta consistently winning accolades as the best selling car in the UK, it’s no surprise to hear that in 2018 there were approximately 5.5million Ford cars on the roads by the end of the year.

With a proven track record for good value and sensible, practical driving, along with a dealership just around every corner, Ford has developed a method of sustaining great sales by giving drivers just what they need.

There’s a Ford car for practically every sensible driver. Actually, there are a few Ford cars for the more daring driver too. Take a look at the history of RS and Cosworth models, both making an impact in the world of rally driving and touring car racing.

While they’re better known for providing family transport that includes the Ka, the Fiesta and the Focus, Ford also produces the lavishly equipped Edge SUV, and also the S-Max and Galaxy people carriers too.

And for something quite a lot less mainstream, Ford deliver some muscle

From a very traditional and mainstream marque, it’s refreshing to see that they still deliver a great big slice of larger than life America—and the latest model Ford Mustang is no exception. If a Mondeo or a Focus isn’t really your thing, and even the RS models aren’t sporty enough, then the new Mustang’s brawny delivery of sleek lines powered by its 5-litre V8 engine could be just the thing. Failing that, the Ford GT supercar with its twin-turbo V6 won’t fail to turn heads. All £420k of it.

How often should a fan belt need replacing?

You shouldn't need to replace your fan belt more than every four or five years or every 60,000-100,000 miles, however it’s good practice to inspect them regularly for signs of wear, cracks or shredding.

As well as this it's important to be aware of the symptoms of a failing fan belt, such as a squeaking or whining noise when you start the engine, if you have trouble starting your car or if your steering becomes heavy.

What happens during a fan belt replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the fan belt for signs of wear and cracks.

  • They will also inspect the belt's pulleys and tensioner.

  • Replace the belt, if necessary.

  • Advise if any other related repairs are necessary.

What causes a fan belt to break?

Because fan belts are made of rubber and are in constant use, they do wear out over time. However that being said, because fan belts are more common nowadays, they are designed to last much longer than their predecessors. You shouldn't need to replace your fan belt more than every four or five years or every 60,000-100,000 miles.

Pulley misalignment is a common cause of premature belt failure, as it forces the belt to kink or twist while running, resulting in premature wear.

When should a fan belt be replaced?

You shouldn't need to replace your fan belt more than every four or five years or every 60,000-100,000 miles, however it’s good practice to inspect them regularly for signs of wear, cracks or shredding.

What are the signs of a broken fan belt?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • A squeaking or whining noise whenever the engine is switched on

  • If your fan belt is visibly worn, cracked or torn

  • If your engine overheats regularly

  • Trouble starting your car

  • When the steering becomes heavy

What happens during a fan belt replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the fan belt for signs of wear and cracks.

  • They will also inspect the belt's pulleys and tensioner.

  • Replace the belt, if necessary.

  • Advise if any other related repairs are necessary.

What is the average life of a fan belt?

The average lifespan of a fan belt is between 60,000-100,000 miles or every four to five years. As with any car part this varies from vehicle to vehicle and driver to driver.

Can you drive with a broken fan belt?

If your fan belt completely snaps or breaks you probably won’t be able to drive your car as the fan belt is needed to drive many essential components in the engine. However if your fan belt is badly worn you will still be able to drive, however we recommend getting a replacement belt fitted as soon as possible to avoid it snapping unexpectedly.

Do fan belts deteriorate with age?

Because fan belts are made of rubber and are in constant use, they do wear out over time. However that being said, because fan belts are more common nowadays, they are designed to last much longer than their predecessors. You shouldn't need to replace your fan belt more than every four or five years or every 60,000-100,000 miles.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

The condition of service parts such as air and oil filters or drive and timing belts are not checked in the MOT. However it’s good practice to inspect them regularly for signs of wear, cracks or shredding, especially if your car is more than four years old.

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