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Serpentine Belt Replacement

Your vehicle's belts are critical to its functionality. If their integrity is compromised, your vehicle's vital systems could suffer serious damage. A worn drive belt, or worse, a completely broken one, can seriously damage your car’s engine, alternator, and even power steering pump. Where can you get your serpentine belt replaced? At your local Meineke auto repair shop.

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If you allow your vehicle’s belts to remain in the car for too long without replacement, you will likely end up with an expensive auto repair that could have easily been avoided. Regular maintenance and preventive care will always save you money in the long run.

Importance of Serpentine Belt Maintenance

The serpentine belt, also known as the drive belt, is made of rubber. It connects the AC, power steering, and alternator to the engine's crankshaft. The crankshaft sends power to each of these systems as well as the vehicle's air injection pump. If the belt does not function properly, the car's electrical accessory components will not operate and the battery will not be properly charged.

Basic fan belt maintenance implies inspection with every oil change. Our technicians will make sure it is correctly aligned on the pulleys, because if it slips off, your car may lose power. Regular maintenance is also important because it helps ensure that your belt will last longer, usually between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, without you changing it.

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Serpentine Belt Inspections

Belts suffer wear and tear just like any other vehicle part and will often crack due to the engine's heat. It is recommended that you have your fan belt replacement performed before the vehicle reaches the critical mileage level. Regular inspections will help not only identify worn marks or broken belts, but also recognize early warning signs:

  1. Squealing noise from your car’s engine
  2. Frays, tears, grooves or cracks on the drive belt
  3. Rubber is peeling off the belt
  4. Starting the car becomes difficult
  5. Overheating engine (steam or vapor coming from underneath the hood)
  6. Engine loses power
  7. Check battery light is on

Engine Belt Replacement

If your vehicle's serpentine belt is broken, you may find it difficult to turn the steering wheel and driving may be unsafe. If your vehicle is older, or if you hear squealing noises from the engine, those belts might need changing. It’s important to bring your car in as soon as possible to avoid more serious, and hence expensive, damage.

Consequences of a Faulty Serpentine Belt

If you hear slapping sounds from the engine, this is often an indication that the timing belt has slipped. When a timing belt breaks, the engine will no longer function or might even suffer significant damage. This includes damage to the pistons, valves, or the cylinder head, all of which lead to expensive repairs, possibly even an engine replacement.

If the fan belt breaks while you’re driving the car, everything driven by the belt will cease to operate. This includes the air-conditioner compressor, water pump and alternator. Not only that, but all the parts it controls can become severely damaged.

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Belt Replacement Cost

The belt replacement cost is quite minimal compared to the damage that could occur if you leave a malfunctioning belt in your vehicle. As part of your routine maintenance schedule, a certified technician can inspect and replace any belts if needed.

Serpentine Belt Replacement FAQs

If your car’s belt breaks, or even if it just slips or wears out, everything that it controls stops working, from the power steering pump to the alternator. These also get damaged and, while faulty belts are not good, a broken engine is even worse.

These are usually built to last. Due to great advancements in rubber technology, drive belts now last a lot longer than before, ideally anywhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.

There are several warning signs of a broken or failing serpentine belt, from visible tears and cracks on the belt to squealing noises from under the hood, engine overheating and the AC or the power steering not working.

No. The timing belt connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, making sure the valves open and close in sequence with the pistons. The serpentine, also called drive belt, connects and operates a number of engine accessories, including the air-conditioner compressor, water pump and alternator. There is also a difference in the damage each of these can produce.

No. If the belt completely fails and breaks, then your vehicle will break down as well. Even if only some parts stop working, if the power steering fails when the vehicle is moving, then it could lead to serious safety issues.

It is always recommended that you replace a broken belt, as this is fairly an easy and inexpensive process, which protects your vehicle from further damage and therefore saves you more on the long run.

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