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Does your vehicle make squeaking noises? This could be due to the serpentine belt in your engine! If you are hearing a squealing noise, your engine is overheating or your air conditioner isn’t working, it may be time for a serpentine belt service appointment.
But first, what is a Serpentine Belt, and what does it do?
A serpentine belt is a long snake-like rubber belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in your automotive engine and keeps them running smoothly and effectively. It rotates continuously when the car is running.
It plays an essential role in your car’s system as it transfers rotational energy from your engine’s crankshaft to all the engine accessories like power steering, air conditioning compressor, power steering, etc.
Each of these accessories has a pulley. This belt acts as a connection between these pulleys to rotate the engine crankshaft. So, when the crankshaft rotates, those pulleys also rotate and thus power the accessories.
Your vehicle will give off some early warning signs that your Serpentine belt may be worn out and need service or replacement. Some of those warning signs include:
If any of these warnings are shown in your vehicle, then it is recommended to get it checked by a professional mechanic and get a new serpentine belt. You can visit your nearby TIRECRAFT, and our experts can visually inspect the belt, identify belt slippage or belt breaks that may require service or replacement.
Here are a couple of benefits of replacing a broken or worn Serpentine belt:
As part of regular preventative maintenance the belt should be inspected yearly. Typically belts will need to be replaced every 100,000km However, because of advancement in rubber technology, serpentine belts can last longer depending on driving habits and conditions.
If you are unsure if your vehicle requires service or replacement of your serpentine belt, you can check your owner’s manual for recommended service intervals, or stop by your local TIRECRAFT for us to conduct a visual inspection and service recommendations.