When should a Range Rover’s drive belt be replaced?

As a Range Rover owner who has had his fair share of reliability issues, I can certainly attest to the importance of proper maintenance.

One component that tends to get overlooked is the drive belt, which is why I’ve been asked to write about when it should be replaced.

So, when should a Range Rover’s drive belt be replaced? Let’s find out.

What models are affected?

When to replace

According to industry experts, a Range Rover’s drive belt should be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, or every five years, whichever comes first.

Signs and symptoms it’s time for a replacement

There are certain signs and symptoms that indicate it’s time to replace the drive belt. These include:

  • Squealing noises coming from the engine compartment, especially during engine start-up
  • Visual signs of wear and tear on the belt, such as cracks, frayed edges, or missing chunks
  • A loose or slack belt that doesn’t have the appropriate amount of tension

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s best to get your drive belt inspected or replaced as soon as possible.

The most relevant OBD codes related to drive belt replacement are P0038, P0058, P015B, P0160, P0455, and P0456.

What can happen if not replaced

If the drive belt is not replaced when it’s due, several problems can occur:

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  • The belt can snap or slip, which can cause significant engine damage
  • The power steering, air conditioning, and water pump may no longer function properly
  • A worn-out belt can lead to decreased fuel efficiency
  • In extreme cases, a broken belt can cause a complete engine failure

Can it be replaced without a mechanic?

Replacing the drive belt is a task that can be done without the help of a mechanic. However, it does require a certain level of mechanical knowledge, the right tools, and a bit of patience.

Parts you’ll need to replace it

To replace a Range Rover’s drive belt, you’ll need the following parts:

  • A new drive belt
  • A tensioner pulley
  • An idler pulley
  • A belt diagram

Tools you’ll need to replace it

You’ll also need a few tools to successfully replace the drive belt:

  • A ratchet set
  • A wrench set
  • A belt tensioner tool
  • A breaker bar
  • A socket set

How to replace it

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to replace a Range Rover’s drive belt:

  1. Before you start, make sure the engine is cool to the touch.
  2. Locate the serpentine belt and identify the tensioner pulley.
  3. Use the breaker bar to release the tension on the belt.
  4. Carefully remove the old belt and compare it to the new one to make sure they’re the same size.
  5. Follow the belt diagram to route the new belt around the pulleys.
  6. Use the belt tensioner tool to tighten the belt to the correct tension.
  7. Double-check the belt’s routing and tension before starting the engine.


How do I know if my drive belt needs to be replaced?

Look out for signs and symptoms like squealing noises, visual wear, and tear, or a loose belt. Additionally, Range Rovers typically require a drive belt replacement every 60,000 to 100,000 miles or every five years.

Can I replace the drive belt myself?

While you can replace the drive belt yourself, it requires a certain level of mechanical knowledge and the right tools. If you’re not confident in your abilities, it’s best to consult a professional mechanic.

What happens if I don’t replace my drive belt?

If you don’t replace your Range Rover’s drive belt, it may snap, slip or cause a complete engine failure. Other problems that might arise include decreased fuel efficiency and malfunctions in the power steering, air conditioning, and water pump.


Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023

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Gareth Boyd
Gareth Boyd

An avid Land Rover fan, and lover of all models, specifically Range Rover Sports. Having owned over 5 Ranger Rover models, he has encountered every error code and problem you could imagine!

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