For many modern vehicles, the serpentine belt is the heart of the vehicle’s power. If yours has one, you are going to want to plan for inspections and replacement. Only by keeping the serpentine belt in good repair can you be confident that your vehicle will be able to take you where you want to go.
What Is a Serpentine Belt?
The serpentine belt is a belt that winds around the pulleys in the front or side of the engine. Many vehicles have belts that drive systems like the water pump, air conditioner, power steering or alternator. The belt helps provide electrical power and charge the battery. It is made up of rubber, and over time this can wear out or stretch and hurt the tension of the belt. When that happens, you need to replace your serpentine belt.
If the serpentine belt fails, you will not be able to drive. The belt powers the alternator, which is necessary to charge the battery. If you try to drive with a failed belt, you could cause more damage to your vehicle. That’s why routine replacement at the right mileage point is important maintenance for your vehicle.
When Should I Schedule Serpentine Belt Replacement?
Modern serpentine belts are designed to last between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. If your car is getting near that point, you will want to start planning for replacement. That said if you don’t drive your vehicle often, schedule replacement every four to six years to account for the degradation that occurs due to exposure to the elements.
Is My Serpentine Belt Failing?
You should be able to keep your serpentine belt in good repair by sticking to this maintenance schedule, but like all moving parts on a vehicle, there can be exceptions. Some signs that your serpentine belt is failing early include:
· Air conditioner problems
· The battery isn't charging
· Power steering problems
· Squealing or other noises from the belt
· The belt looks shiny or frayed
Make sure you visit us right away if you notice any of these concerns to avoid the frustration of a failed serpentine belt.
Schedule Serpentine Belt Replacement Today
If you suspect your serpentine belt is having problems, bring your vehicle to us. Our technicians will check for cracks, frays, or ribs missing on the belt. We can replace the belt on most vehicle models, so you can safely drive without undue risk.
Our technicians are waiting to serve you. Visit us today for a serpentine belt check, or give us a call to schedule serpentine belt replacement.