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Auto Belts Galore

Most up-to-date cars come furnished with serpentine belts; however they may sporadically be called fan belts. Older cars may have belts that are used merely to control the fans that cool the radiator. These belts are very related and may be treated in the same manner.

By author: Rick Popely.

Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

All vehicles have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-conditioning compressor, and perhaps the power steering and water pump. This belt is usually mounted externally so you can see it on the front end of the engine (the engine is mounted transversely on most front-wheel-drive vehicles), and it usually is a serpentine belt that slithers around various pulleys. It needs to be replaced when it shows wear, such as cracks, fraying or stretching.

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A raucous fan or serpentine belt can make cheeping, squealing or shrieking noises that may be reliable or may come and go. Frequently, these noises specify an issue that must be determined like a movable or damaged belt.

By author: Valerie Johnston.

How Long Does a Serpentine/Drive Belt Last?

In order to operate, your car needs more than just a working engine and transmission. The “accessories” attached to the engine aren’t really optional. For instance, you need the alternator to supply electricity to run the engine, your radio, the HVAC system and more. Your power steering pump provides steering assist to make maneuvering your car easier. The power for all of those things comes from the engine via the serpentine/drive belt.

Most cars today have a single belt, called a serpentine belt. In the past, two or even three belts were used. The serpentine belt connects all the accessories on the engine to the main drive pulley, which is turned by the engine. As the pulley turns, the belt moves. This turns the pulleys on the attached accessories, providing them with the power to operate.

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Check with producers of your belt brand. Each belt has it’s own unique life span. If you have an “intrusion” motor and the belt breaks, the pistons can hit the valves and possibly effect your engine. Contact us Here for your body work needs.


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