When to Replace a Serpentine Belt

Serpentine belt

It’s important to know when to replace a serpentine belt, also called a drive belt. These belts are often constructed from rubber and usually last around 50,000 to 100,000 miles. However, these belts can break down over time due to the intense heat and friction. Learn more about when to replace a serpentine belt with the Sid Dillon Chevrolet-blair Inc service center. For more information, feel free to contact us anytime!


Function of a Serpentine Belt

The serpentine drive belt is a long belt that transfers power to the alternator, power steering pump, water pump, and air conditioning system. In order to operate properly, the belt needs to be checked regularly to ensure all of your vehicle’s systems work properly.

Serpentine Belt Replacement

When it’s time for a serpentine belt replacement, you’ll notice the belt will begin to slip while you travel through Omaha. You could also see it begin to crack, fray, or peel. You should consider a serpentine belt replacement if you experience any of the following:

  • Squealing Sounds: Squealing noises could mean the belt is stretching or has low tension. The belt and pulley may also not be connected properly.
  • Wear and Tear: Some signs your belt might need replacement is if you notice uneven wear or cracks anywhere on the belt.
  • Failing Components: Important components such as the power steering or air conditioning could mean it’s time for a serpentine belt replacement.
  • Vehicle Breakdown: If the entire belt fails, the vehicle could break down while you’re driving on the Lincoln roads. It’s important to have a regular maintenance schedule to prevent any major issues.

Function of a Belt Tensioner

Many serpentine belts in modern vehicles have self-controlled belt tensioners. These are designed using an internal spring and pulley, and they keep the belt at a certain tension to prevent any type of power issues. When it’s time for a serpentine belt replacement, the belt tensioner should also be replaced.

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Now that you know when to replace a serpentine belt, come schedule a service appointment with the Sid Dillon Chevrolet-blair Inc service center today! Be sure to take advantage of our service specials to save big near Fremont!


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