Making sure your vehicle’s belts are in good working condition is important. These belts help the vehicle to operate efficiently and effectively. They help the engine to run smoothly so the power can be distributed throughout the vehicle. While sometimes you can see if there is an issue with the belts, other times you may not be able to notice anything. It is always best to bring your vehicle in so we can take a look at everything with it, that way we can help to prevent issues that may occur down the road. By going to your regularly scheduled visits you can make sure your vehicle is maintained properly so if a belt shows cracking or wear, it is minor in convenience and cost.
There are several things that belts do to serve your vehicle. The timing belt allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. It opens and closes the valves in a synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons. If the timing belt happens to break, the engine will stop working completely. This usually causes major damage to the engine. The serpentine belt powers the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, and several others. When the serpentine belt breaks, all of the parts that the engine power will stop. This is a serious problem as it can cause your engine to overheat and become damaged. It is important to know that anytime you have an odd noise that comes from under your hood, you should take it in immediately to have it inspected for any issues that might be going on.
If you notice that there is a squealing or other noise coming from under the hood, it is always best to call us or stop in. If a belt slips or breaks, waiting can possibly cause damage to your vehicle. Your power steering can stop working if a belt slips or breaks. Also, your engine can lock up if the belt comes off at any point in time. If you notice the belt squealing, especially on the fan or air conditioner, you should get your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can check where the issue is. Belts can also break down with excessive heat, mileage, or age.