What is a Serpentine Belt?

Serpentine Belt

A serpentine belt is an important part of your vehicle’s engine block, but do you know what really is a serpentine belt? But more importantly, what does a serpentine belt do? For starters, unfortunately, it’s not a stylish snakeskin belt that you can sport while cruising around Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Instead, it is an essential and versatile piece of your vehicle that is responsible for powering your alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and more. And, like many delicate and necessary vehicle parts, its condition must be monitored and replaced in order to keep your car functioning at its best. Read below to learn how.

How Long Do Serpentine Belts Last?

While many service professionals say that modern serpentine belts can last between 50,000 and 100,000 miles, this can vary depending on the kind of vehicle you drive, the conditions you drive through frequently, and how long it has been since the vehicle was purchased or since the last serpentine belts were replaced. That’s why it’s crucial to make it a regular habit of checking the condition of your serpentine belt before any serious damage can occur. You can even make it a part of your checkup routine when inspecting other important parts like your oil or brake pads.

How Do I Know it’s Time to Replace My Serpentine Belt?

One of the main ways you can be proactive in keeping your car running at its best along Wellington roads is to look out for any of the following symptoms indicating that your serpentine belt needs to be replaced. You will know if you experience:

  • Squealing and chirping sounds coming from under the hood of your car
  • Failure of vehicle systems like your power steering and air conditioner
  • Cracks and wear on the rubber of your serpentine belt when you pop the hood and have a look
  • Vehicle failure

What Happens if I Don’t Replace My Serpentine Belt?

Failure to ignore the signs and replace your serpentine belt can cause further damage to your vehicle. Drivers can experience a variety of effects like the failure of a variety of different vehicle systems, including the power steering, alternator, water pump, and air conditioner.

Get a Serpentine Belt Replacement Near Delray Beach!

If you’ve run into any of the following issues mentioned above, you can always rely on our expert service team to get you back on the road in no time. You can also learn more about vehicle maintenance including what do tire numbers mean, what is a timing belt, and why tire rotation is important for your vehicle. Contact us today to schedule a service appointment!

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