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Rx Automotive Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Posted by: In: Maintenance 07 Feb 2013 Comments: 2

Today’s Rx Automotive auto maintenance article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems. Let’s go over them.

First, the serpentine belt drives your sedan air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in St Charles.

Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your sedan’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. Rx Automotive Maintenance Tips The Belt Goes OnAll St Charles drivers know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles.

The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And, on many sedans, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures as you drive around St Charles.

Now on some sedans, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt. So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That’s why manufacturers and your service advisor at Rx Automotive have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn’t fail.

Your St Charles service technician can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure the amount of belt material to make sure there is enough.

There’s a special, spring loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley. Its job is to make sure there’s a constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesn’t slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. At Rx Automotive, we recommend that the tensioner be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.

All in all, the serpentine belt’s an important part for the function of your sedan.
And it’s not that expensive to replace in St Charles – so it’s good to do so before it fails.

Comments: 2

  1. Posted by Alternator Brush Holder 11 Jul 2013 at 7:14 am Reply

    You have selected very good topic for article. I know about the serpentine’s belt. It is very important for car. It’s called a serpentine belt because it snakes around and powers a bunch of different equipment like power steering, air conditioner, water pump, alternator etc. The good thing about it is that it is more efficient, easier to replace and lasts longer than a bunch of smaller belts and the bad thing is when it breaks; you lose everything all at once.

  2. Posted by Lucas Alternator 16 Jul 2013 at 8:21 am Reply

    A serpentine belt, also known as a multi-vee, poly-v, or multi-rib belt, is a single, continuous belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive engine. The good thing about it is that it is more efficient, easier to replace and lasts longer than a bunch of smaller belts and the bad thing is when it breaks; you lose everything all at once. You chose a really good topic for an article.

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