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When to Replace Your Drive Belt

The drive belt, also known as the serpentine belt, is a long rubbery stray that brings some of the engine’s energy to power many systems throughout the car. It is located near the engine and “snakes” around various pulleys and rotating cams to transfer power to multiple components, including the:

  • Alternator
  • Water Pump 
  • A/C Compressor
  • Power Steering Pump

Like the other belts in your vehicle, the drive belt typically lasts 60,000-100,000 miles before needing a replacement. When it is time to service the serpentine belt, you should leave the job to professional mechanics. Belts are hard to get to, and the job can be very labor-intensive without the right tools and expertise. 

Why You Should Replace It Before It Breaks

You should replace the serpentine belt before it breaks. It is so integral to your vehicle’s performance that if it does, it can cause your car to overheat, battery to die, A/C to stop working, and more.

Fortunately, you can tell when your serpentine belt is on its last leg. It doesn’t break out of anywhere, especially if you have your vehicle regularly serviced and inspected. First of all, the belt may squeak as the belt becomes misaligned against the pulleys. You might also notice fraying or smoothened grooves on the belt.

At Kwik Kar Auto Repair, we can replace your drive belt accurately and efficiently so that you can return to the road quickly. With the proper tools and a professional team of technicians, there’s no job too big or too small. Please call or visit Kwik Kar Auto Repair today!

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