The serpentine belt is a long rubber belt designed to transfer power from the engine to different components. This includes the alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning, and the water pump.
It is extremely important to get your serpentine belt replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. During your regular vehicle preventative maintenance service, it is important to replace your serpentine belt completely when your vehicle’s odometer reading is in between these numbers. Serpentine belt failure can result in your engine overheating, the A/C and power steering failing, and the battery dying. The serpentine belt is designed to keep the different engine accessories running smoothly. Many people confused the serpentine belt with the timing belt, but they have two different functions. The timing belt is responsible for keeping the camshaft and crankshaft in sync.
The serpentine belt is designed to withstand lots of heat and friction. However, after a certain point, it is crucial to get it replaced to keep the power steering system, cooling system, and more running smoothly. When the time comes to replace it, you should get it done as soon as you can to avoid the belt breaking. Here are some signs that your serpentine belt needs repair:
- Check engine light. This warning light indicates that something is wrong with the engine and needs to be serviced.
- Spelling noise such as a chirp or squeal: Slippage or misalignment from the belt can be the cause of the noise. Our technicians will quickly diagnose the problem and replace any necessary parts.
- Performance loss. If the serpentine belt slips, this could result in loss of performance. Whether it is the power steering, cooling system, and engine overheating, it is important to get your serpentine belt replaced as soon as possible if you are experiencing these issues.
- Cracks and fraying on the belt.
- Difficulty starting the engine.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, bring your vehicle to Downtown Automotive as soon as you can. Failing to get your car serviced earlier can result in more serious issues and further damage to your vehicle. Our technicians at Downtown Automotive in Nelson are knowledgeable with all things serpentine belt failure, belt replacement, and repairing different automotive components. Whether it is the belt tensioner, the serpentine belt, or any other part, our technicians will fix it so you can resume driving your car safely. If you notice any of these signs in your vehicle, bring your vehicle to our shop as soon as possible!
Your Reliable Shop for Serpentine Belt Repair
Whether you drive a Honda, Subaru, Chevrolet, Nissan, or any other make, if you are noticing any issues with your serpentine belt, you need to get it repaired as soon as possible. Make Downtown Automotive in Nelson the place you go to fix your vehicle. Since 1998, our Reliable technicians have years of experience working on many different makes and models. Our team understands how important your vehicle is to your daily life and will work diligently to make your vehicle run like new. We will get your car back to shape and take care of it to keep you safe on the road and ensure that there won’t be any future problems.
If you are in the Salmo, BC, Trail, BC, Nelson, BC area or nearby, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with Downtown Automotive, either online or via phone at 250-505-2110. Downtown Automotive - Auto Repair you Can Trust, at a Fair Price.