No, not the thing you’ve got wrapped around your scrawny waist. No, we’re not talking about what your grandfather used to discipline you with either. Today, we’re going to be talking about something completely different; vehicular belts.

If you’re anything like the rest of us, you’re always looking for ways to anticipate the next problem before it shows up. Well that’s great, and here at City Garage DFW we fully support the “cut if off at the pass” mentality. In fact, that’s the same mentality we use to service your car. But all of that aside, there’s a common issue that many don’t necessarily “cut off at the pass” these days. It’s a fairly pertinent part of your vehicle operation (understatement) and we’d like to address Belt Replacement.

Should I Be Periodically Replacing the Belts On My Vehicle?

The long and short of it is yes, you really should! And many repair shops won’t tell you this, but replacement of the belts should happen between specific periods depending on your vehicle make, model, and age. When it comes to these suckers though, you can never be “too careful.”

Most V belt failures and all serpentine belt failures will result in a breakdown of your vehicle! To make it really simple for you, that’s bad. Replacing the belts periodically will keep your vehicle running and make for no nasty surprises.

What Does My Belt Do?

Your belts power a number of things: from the water pump circulating the water throughout your hot engine, the alternator producing amps, power steering support and assistance, to the air conditioning unit you’re constantly using; (Thanks, Texas Summers) your belts are of the utmost importance to the running of your vehicle, and that’s just referring to the small belts attached to your engine. The serpentine belt is an immediate breakdown with no questions asked. And sometimes, you may not even get any warning.

How Often Should I Replace My Belts?

Your V-belt usually experiences the beginning of failure, or some sort of wear at the beginning of the 4 year mark. For serpentine belts it’s 5 years before problems typically begin to arise. Once you hit that mark, it’s a good idea to check your problems at the door and do the smart thing: invest into a replacement. The last thing you want is to be broken down on the highway without warning. Instead, do the repair at your own convenience, and be safer because of it.

What Are Some of The Warning Signs For When I Need a Replacement Belt?

Most of the time, your car will do a pretty thorough job of telling you about the problem before it occurs. You’ve just gotta be attentive to what she’s telling you. For belts, you’ll have to be checking the belt to know some of these, but if you’re hearing a squealing sound at startup and when you turn on your AC, it’s high time you replace that thing! You can also tell by looking at the way it runs, and fits on the grooves in the pulleys. If anything seems out of place, you should contact a professional shop for a diagnostic.

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