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Is it time to inspect your serpentine belt?

By Bill DeBoer on Apr 25, 2017 4:05:02 PM

A serpentine belt is a single, continuous belt used to keep numerous external components in a car engine. Some things to look for to know if your belt is failing or going bad are:

                               *Squealing noise from the front of your car

                               *Power steering and A/C not working

                               *Engine overheating

                               *Cracks on the belt

Over time, a serpentine belt fails from heat and friction it endures everyday. A failing belt causes issues that affect some of the big, important pieces of a car, such as: the alternator, water pump, and power steering.

The serpentine belt has a definitive life like most car parts. It is recommend that car owners have their belt inspected at 60,000 miles and replaced at 90,000 miles. When a serpentine belt is replaced, it is also suggested to replace the tensioner and idler pulleys.

The belt tensioner spring absorbs the shock of the car starting and any other harsh motions that it experiences everyday. Once the spring goes bad, the belt pops off due to lack of tension. The bearing the pulley will follow, causing the serpentine belt to stop, burn, and fall off the car.

These kind of belt-off situations will require a tow, because the car will not be able to run without it as it helps control so many major components of the engine.

Come on in to DeBoer's Auto to have your serpentine belt inspected and keep your car running right!

You can call us at 973-601-5817 or visit us at www.deboersauto.com to schedule your next appointment.


Topics: Expert Car Repair

Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.