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What Is a Serpentine/Engine Belt?

Today, most of our vehicles have a single yet powerful belt to run many different car components, and it is called the serpentine belt. This long snake-like rubber belt is a pulley connected to the vehicle's crankshaft and powered by the engine. This is why it can sometimes be referred to as the engine belt.

 

The engine belt loops through and drives essential components like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, water pump, and more. So without this powerful belt, none of these parts would work.

 

When the engine belt shows wear, it would be wise to take it in for a replacement. Over time, this belt endures a lot of wear and tear. It can loosen, crack, fray, and break. The number one mechanical problem (that requires roadside assistance) is a broken serpentine belt. Your car manufacturer has a listed interval for when to replace it, and you will be able to find that in your owner's manual. Next time you're due for a maintenance service, feel free to ask your mechanic at Quality Tune-Up Car Care Center to check your engine belt.

 

More improvements are being made to the auto industry every day, and serpentine belts are no exception. Serpentine belts are being produced with higher-quality materials, making them more durable and longer-lasting. 

 

When your serpentine belt becomes worn, it will no longer grip the pulleys of the components it drives correctly. This may cause issues like an alternator not charging your battery all the way, a jerky steering system, or a restricted A/C compressor. In conclusion, an old serpentine belt can put tremendous stress on your engine and other components. To help prevent your vehicle from breaking down, simply get your engine belt replaced on time. Don't wait and come to Quality Tune-Up Car Care Center for all your needed repairs, including a serpentine belt replacement!

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