A Brief Guide on Engine Belts

May 1st, 2019 by

If you’ve ever stared into an engine compartment, likely one thing that comes to mind is the fascination feeling you get when you start to realize how many different mechanisms and parts are at work in there. Your engine operates using so many different parts all to provide the driver with the simple process of pressing pedals to go somewhere. It can be daunting to think about all the moving parts and fluids that are always at work to keep your N Charlotte Toyota engine running, but if you start with a few parts at a time you too can eventually become an expert in auto service. Today, we gathered some essential info on engine belts that we think you’re going to want to know about!

Toyota of N Charlotte's guide to engine belts.

Different Types of Engine Belts

Serpentine Belt

Perhaps one of the most commonly used belts inside your N Charlotte Toyota car’s engine compartment. It helps keep essential functions and parts like the power steering, air conditioning, water pump, and alternator. Serpentine belts are definitely built to last as they’re responsible for so many different functions under the hood, but that doesn’t mean they don’t wear out eventually. Typically, a serpentine belt can last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles. To spot issues with this N Charlotte Toyota engine belt, listen for squealing or chirping noises. This can indicate slipping or low belt tension. Your vehicle’s air conditioning can also fail if this belt is experiencing issues.


Drive and V Engine Belts

While the serpentine belt has become one of the most commonly used belts in modern automobiles, drive and v belts were used in older N Charlotte Toyota models and can still be found on occasion. Serpentine belts became the standard in many cars because of their versatility and ability to be routed through several pulleys and accessories, thus powering more with far less components. Drive and V engine belts are routed to only one or two accessories, at most. Therefor, you’ll find many more belts under the hood of your ride if it’s older. While this system requires a lot of belts, it does provide security because if one belt or system fails, the other systems can still operate without any issues. Meanwhile, serpentine belts provide convenience, but if the belt breaks then nearly the entire engine fails. Squealing or accessory failure are typical signs of bad drive and V belts. If you want to test these belts for a good amount of tension, put your finger on the middle of the tense belt and push down. You shouldn’t be able to push down more than half and inch if the tension is at a good level.


Timing Belts

Your N Charlotte Toyota car operates on a lot of things, but time is one of the most important things by far and that’s where the timing belt comes in. The crank and camshaft both need to be working in perfect synchronization for your vehicle to work properly and your timing belt ensures that happens with each startup. Because this engine belt performs such an important task, it’s usually covered and should probably be inspected by an auto service expert. We recommend having this belt inspected every 60,000 to 90,000 miles to make sure it’s still working properly. If you’d like to deal with timing engine belt replacements less, you can always have this part replaced with timing chains.


Now, with a basic knowledge of engine belts, you’re one step closer to becoming an auto service expert! However, if you still need help on this part of your vehicle or anything else concerning what’s under your car’s hood, then give Toyota of North Charlotte a call at (704) 875 – 9199 seven days a week!

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