Car or Truck Serpentine Belt Replacement
You’re driving down the highway and notice somebody stuck on the side of the road with their hood up. What happened? Did the truck overheat? Car run out of gas? Or did a flat, balding tire cause their circumstances? Well, there is one problem which many drivers simply overlook: Replacing worn serpentine belts. The serpentine belts on a vehicle are generally connected in some way to the main driveshaft of the engine and operate the power steering pump, alternator, and the air conditioning compressor.
It’s important to check the belts for stretch even soon after they’ve been replaced, which may be the cause of a squeal under the hood and loss of engine efficiency. Over time these belts begin to wear from use and dry-rot. Now understand those worn belts could be circulating at extremely high speeds. If a belt blows while driving down the road it could be disastrous to the condition of your engine.
Dangers of Worn Serpentine Belts
Sure, they drive your power steering pump, A/C compressor, and alternator. That’s what some car guys call only one “vital” engine component (the alternator). But while a car may be able to ‘run’ with only the alternator, what some overlook is the speed of those belts. Your engine could drive from 2500-6000 revolutions per minute! That’s blazing speed, and a snapped belt at that speed could cut fuel lines and vacuum hoses, break the radiator fan, permanently damage the radiator, and electrical wires. Serpentine belts are inexpensive insurance for the life of your engine.
How Often to Check serpentine belts?
When you come into Mike’s Full Service auto repair in Cleveland GA for an oil change, as part of the change, we’ll look over major components of your engine, including the serpentine belts and recommend replacement if needed. A belt could last as long as 60,000 – 100,000 miles, but may need to be manually tensioned by a professional. Serpentine belts must be taught, but not overly-tight. When reviewing your car or truck serpentine belts, it’s good to check for cracks, or cuts along the length of the belt. What may not be seen on one side of the belt, could lurk on the other as debris and road grime kicks up into the engine bay while driving.
So if it’s time for your next oil change, or your not sure when the last check up was for your car or truck give us a call at Mike’s Full Service to schedule your appointment today. We’re available Monday through Friday, from 8am to 6pm and we’ll be happy to serve you!