All About Your Serpentine Belt

May 13th, 2020 by

If you’re not well-versed in what goes on under the hood of your car, then there’s no need to worry—you’re not alone! Not all do drivers do and that’s okay, our N Charlotte Toyota experts are here for you. Nevertheless, it’s still important to know learn at least basic knowledge on how your car works. This makes for more educated decisions when it comes to your car care. In this blog post we’ll be going over your vehicle’s serpentine belt. Basic questions like what it is, what’s its purpose, what happens when it breaks and how to be able to tell when you need to replace it will all be answered by the time you finish reading. Check it out!

Toyota of N CHarlotte gives insight on what a serpentine belt is

What is a serpentine belt?

It’s a long winding belt that sends power to your N Charlotte Toyota’s alternator, power steering pump, air conditioner, etc. As you can see from the image above, it resembles a serpent—hence the name! Fun fact is that cars didn’t always have this. They used to have individual belts that served each individual part. As you can guess, maintenance costs were through the roof because the belts wore out differently so you would have to take it for maintenance often. The multiple belts eventually evolved into the serpentine belt which is what your N Charlotte Toyota has today.

What is its function?

If your serpentine belt breaks, your N Charlotte Toyota wont be getting the power it needs for you to get to your destination—which can lead to serious performance issues. Another consequence of the belt breaking is that it can damager other parts of the engine, which can burn a hole in your wallet once it’s time for repairs. This is the reason it’s important to maintain your serpentine belt and replace it whenever it’s necessary. Thankfully they only need to be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Being made from durable rubber, they’re built to last a while. Just continue to visually check it every year to make sure it’s in good condition.

Signs it’s time to schedule a replacement at Toyota of N Charlotte

Here are a couple of telltale signs that your belt is wearing out and you’ll need Charlotte auto service soon.

  • There are cracks or tears in the belt
  • It has a shiny or glazed look
  • There are pieces of rubbing shedding off
  • You’re having trouble with the alternator or getting your car started
  • Your check engine light turns on
  • You hear squealing eerie noises from under the hood
  • Your power steering stops working
  • You have issues on other parts of your vehicle like the water pump or air conditioning

It’s a lot of information to take in at once, but it’s important to know this basic knowledge in case of emergencies. And also, we’re sure you’ll get the gist of it. If you think it’s time for auto maintenance for your serpentine belt, schedule a service appointment with Toyota of N Charlotte today! Call (704)659-2025 or visit us at 13429 Statesville Rd just off I-77 at exit 23 in Huntersville.

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