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    I am not "into" cars, but obviously rely on them ion many aspects of life.
    We have a 2011 T5, diesel automatic. Suits the family's needs very well.

    Unfortunately, we have had to replace the serpentine belt 3 times: twice in the last year.
    Our mechanic has told that the issue is caused by the Dual Clutch System impacting the Belt Transmission Tightener, which in turn effects the belt.
    He cannot fix, saying only the Stealership can do, which will cost au$4000 AND the vehicle will be off the road for 2-3 weeks.
    I have searched this site for Serpentine Belt posts, but none seem to relate to our particular recurring problem.
    As you can guess by now, I am a leper when it comes to cars (dish washers, lawn mowers, toasters, can openers, etc).
    I have a few questions, please:
    1- Can you recommend a cheap, but powerful Scotch that will temporarily help me forget that woe?
    2- Could there be another reason for the belt problem besides replacing the Dual Clutch System?
    3-If the stated cause of the problem is correct, is there another work around?
    4-If we do follow that path, is $4k about right as a fix?

    Thank you.

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    always worth getting a second opinion.
    Where abouts are you located?

    In Sydney, you can call European Autotech for an honest opinion. They are probably not open until early Jan.

    In Brisbane, try Prestige and Performance.

    In Melb, try